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Serie A: Lazio goes top, Napoli on a roll

SS Lazio v Bologna FC - Serie A

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 29: Joaquin Correa of SS Lazio celebrates with Luis Alberto of SS Lazio after scoring goal 2-0 during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Bologna FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 29, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Silvia Lore/Getty Images)

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Serie A postponed a whole boatload of games on Saturday due to coronavirus, but a pair of games still went on as planned, and they had major table implications.

Table-toppers Juventus saw their massive game against Inter postponed, which allowed Lazio to temporarily take control of the top spot thanks to a 2-0 win over Bologna. Luis Alberto and Joaquin Correa both scored within a three-minute span early in the game to secure the victory.

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, a former Lazio player who is undergoing treatment for leukemia but still working the sideline, was given a standing ovation by Lazio fans before the kickoff.

“I never imagined we’d be top after 26 matches even knowing that I coach some really good lads,” Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi, a former Lazio teammate of Mihailovic, said after the match. “We should have had a bigger lead at halftime but we suffered a bit in the second half, which was a merit of Bologna.”

At the San Paolo Stadium, Kostas Manolas and Giovanni Di Lorenzo both scored to give Napoli a 2-1 win over Torino. Manolas headed home the opener 18 minutes in off a set-piece, while Di Lorenzo tacked the eventual winner on in the 82nd minute. Torino snagged a consolation in stoppage time through Simone Edera, but it wasn’t enough to see them rise above 15th. Napoli jumped to sixth, six points back of fourth-placed Atalanta with their fourth win in their last five matches.

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