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2018-2019 Italian Serie A
  • Fabio Quagliarella (57')
  • Gastón Ramírez (45')
  • Felipe Caicedo (3', 19')

Lazio chalk up precious win against spirited 10-man Sampdoria

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Quagliarella scores 23rd goal in Sampdoria loss (1:49)

Fabio Quagliarella's league-leading 23rd goal served only as consolation for Sampdoria, after Felipe Caicedo put Lazio up two goals within the first 20 minutes. (1:49)

Two goals from Felipe Caicedo spurred Lazio to a 2-1 win over 10-man Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday to keep their European qualification hopes alive.

After Sampdoria midfielder Gaston Ramirez was shown a second yellow card on the brink of halftime, the home side rallied and pulled one back when Serie A top scorer Fabio Quagliarella rattled in his 23rd league goal of the season from close range.

Nicola Murru was inches away from equalising with a rasping shot from the edge of the box that struck the post, before Lazio substitute Ciro Immobile smashed a free kick off the crossbar and Sampdoria striker Gregoire Defrel shot wide at the end of a breakaway with the goal at his mercy.

The result moved Lazio above Torino, who face AC Milan later on Sunday, into seventh place on 55 points. Lazio remain three points adrift of city rivals AS Roma in the fourth and final Champions League qualifying spot.

"There are 12 points left to play for, there is time and space for anything to happen," Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi said.

"We know what our situation in the table is and we don't want to give up a single centimetre... we will give everything we've got."

Ninth-placed Sampdoria have 48 points with four rounds remaining.