Lazio 3-0 Chievo: Biancocelesti out finish the Flying Donkeys
Superior finishing by the hosts during the first half proved enough to ensure Lazio’s victory over Chievo, with strikes from Antonio Candreva, Luis Pedro Cavanda and Senad Lulic securing the points.
Despite being the better side during the first half Chievo found themselves three goals behind at the break after the Aquile made the most of the chances that were presented to them.
The Roman club took the lead within the opening 10 minutes when Ederson intercepted the ball just inside the oppositions half and fed Candreva down the right, and as the Italian international entered the box his deflected shot wrong footed goalkeeper Christian Puggioni.
On 35 minutes Chievo probably should have equalised as striker Alberto Paloschi forced his way through the Lazio defence only to drive his shot straight at Federico Marchetti, however, from the resulting parry striker partner Cyril Thereau should have scored, instead shooting over with the aid of a deflection.
Within minutes of that miss the Biancocelesti were out of sight, Cavanda burst down the right-hand side and chipped the ball towards the back post for Ederson, but after the Brazilian had misjudged the flight of the ball it was returned by Cristian Ledesma and with Puggioni missing the cross Cavanda side footed in.
Then with three minutes remaining midfielder Ogenyi Ognazi flicked the ball into the path of Lulic who darted purposefully towards goal before dispatching the ball into the Chievo net despite his shot taking the faintest of touches on its way in.
With the visitors needing to claw back a three goal deficit the second half was far more even than the first, however, it was Lazio who nearly extended their lead on 62 minutes when Candreva looped a shot over Puggioni, but with the keeper beaten the ball bounced off the frame of the goal.
Despite the Giuseppe Sannino going all out to attack it was the Aquile who again continued to have the better of the goal scoring opportunites. Shortly after palming away a low Lulic strike Puggioni was forced into a point blank save from a Miroslav Klose header from a deep Candreva cross.
Although the Flying Donkeys Paloschi had two chances to pull a goal back with 10 minutes left Chievo simply did not do enough to warrant any more than the clean sheet they achieved during the second period and will quickly turn their attention to securing a first Serie A victory against Udinese in round four.
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