Parma 0-1 Lazio: Felipe Caicedo winner sees the undisputed club record of Simone Inzaghi the record unbeaten and is one point of first place in the Serie A
- Lazio beat Parma on Sunday 1-0 in a fiery encounter at the Ennio Tardini Stadium
- The result meant that Lazio broke their club record of 17 undefeated games in the Serie A
- Striker Felipe Caicedo gave Lazio the lead three minutes before halftime
- The Biancocelesti are now one point away from Juventus and Inter at the top
Lazio broke their club record unbeaten run in the Serie A by avoiding defeat for an 18th consecutive league game as they passed Parma for a tightly contested victory at Ennio Tardini Stadium.
The Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo proved the match winner and hit his side forward three minutes before halftime for his eighth goal of the season when Lazio won for the fifth time in six away games in the league.
Caicedo clung to Ciro Immobile’s knockout of an Luis Alberto cross to ensure that the Biancocelesti just slid one point behind leaders Juventus and Inter Milan.
Felipe Caicedo (on the right) passes Simone Colombi while Lazio continues against Parma in the Serie A
The Ecuadorian fights former Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian against the opener
Parma starting line-up (4-3-3): Colombi; Darmian, Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo (Pezzella); Hernani, Brugman (Kulusevski), Kurtic; Caprari (Sprocati), Cornelius, Kucka
Subs not used: Barilla, Siligardi, Regini, Radu, Dermaku, Laurini, Grassi, Karamoh, Corvi
Manager: Roberto D’Aversa
Lazio starting line-up (3-5-2): Strakosha; Patric, Luiz Felipe, Acerbi; Marusic (Lazzari), Parolo, Leiva (Cataldi), Luis Alberto, Jony; Caicedo (Correa), immobile
Subs not used: Proto, Lukaku, Guerrieri, Vavro, Anderson, Minala, Andre, Adekanye
goals: Caicedo (41)
The result meant that Lazio exceeded the series of 17 non-defeated matches they enjoyed under former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson in 1999, the year before their second title triumph.
They jumped Inter Milan, who later played AC Milan, and reached second place – one point behind Juventus after 23 games.
Juraj Kucka, Hernani Jr and Riccardo Gagliolo missed opportunities in the second half for Parma, who remain 10th in the table after their undefeated three-run home run in Series A had ended.
Parma coach Roberto D’Aversa and opposition manager Simone Inzaghi rowed full of controversial decisions at the end of a game, including strong calls for a Parma penalty in the second half when Andreas Cornelius appeared to have been contaminated by Francesco Acerbi within the area.
Lazio took advantage of the 2-1 shock on Saturday from Juventus on Saturday, when Verona hosts scored twice in the last 14 minutes to recover from catching up on a second half opener by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Inter defeated AC Milan later 4-2 in the derby later on Sunday evening to get on top of goal difference, a point for Lazio.
The impressive side-host Inter from Inzaghi, who was the last team to beat them when they won by the only goal of the game in the San Siro on September 25 next Sunday.
Lazio won five of their seven Series A games in 2020 and has just found it 19 times
Defender Francesco Acerbi (right) rises highest in an air fight with Parma’s Gaston Brugman
The Spanish playmaker Luis Alberto (left) stops the Brazilian midfielder Hernani Jr while Lazio waits