Lazio 2-0 Bologna: Luis Alberto and Joaquin Correa fire hosts clear at the top of the table as they stretch their unbeaten Serie A run to 21 games
- Bologna travelled to the Stadio Olimpico to face Lazio on Saturday afternoon
- The hosts opened up an early lead, with Luis Alberto firing in after 18 minutes
- Joaquin Correa scored just three minutes later to double the advantage
- Lazio are still unbeaten since September, and took another step forward
Lazio’s conquering unbeaten run extended with another three points on Saturday, as victory over Bologna hoisted the Rome side into the Serie A lead on Saturday.
The Stadio Olimpico side have not been beaten since their 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan at the San Siro in September, their fifth game of the season.
Five Italian league games scheduled for this weekend – including Juventus’ highly awaited match against third-place Inter Milan – were postponed in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
It means Lazio will stay atop the Serie A this week after surpassing the Turin side.
Joaquin Correa scored and assisted in Lazio’s 2-0 win over Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico
The Argentine fired in from inside the box minutes after setting up Lazio’s first on Saturday
The fixtures were originally due to be played without fans but the decision to call them off was taken by the league as part of “urgent measures for the containment and management” of the disease.
However, with the virus outbreak worst in northern Italy, Lazio was permitted to play its match against Bologna in Rome and won 2-0 with its fans in attendance.
Lazio therefore moved two points ahead of idle Juventus and eight ahead of Inter, which also had a game postponed last weekend.
Ciro Immobile couldn’t add to his incredible 27 goals in 26 games so far this season
The game was able to be played in front of fans, with the coronavirus worse in Northern Italy
Juventus’ next game is at Bologna on March 8 – and there are concerns that it and other matches next weekend could be postponed, too, if the government decides to extend emergency anti-virus measures for another week.
At the Stadio Olimpico, many fans wore masks over their faces as Lazio extended its unbeaten run to 21 games in an attempt to win Serie A for the first time in two decades.
Luis Alberto scored one goal and set up another while playing through an apparent injury that left him limping.
Bologna had two goals ruled-out by VAR during the game, and couldn’t fight back
Bologna had two goals disallowed following VAR checks during the game, and remain in mid table.
Alberto put Lazio ahead 18 minutes in with a shot from the edge of the area after taking a pass from Ciro Immobile then provided the pass for Joaquin Correa to score with a deflected effort three minutes later.
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