Soccer-Lazio lose ground after 1-1 draw with Fiorentina

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Lazio v AC Milan - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - January 24, 2023 Lazio players celebrate after the match with Olimpia the eagle mascot REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/File Photo

(Reuters) - Lazio missed the chance to move up to second in Serie A when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fiorentina at home on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri's side are now in third place with 38 points, 12 behind leaders Napoli who were playing later on Sunday. Fiorentina are 12th with 24 points.

Nicolo Casale scored for the hosts after eight minutes, while Nicolas Gonzalez equalised four minutes after the break with a well-placed shot from outside the box.

Felipe Anderson was close to giving Lazio the lead on the hour, but his attempt from an acute angle went outside the post.

Substitute Ciro Immobile missed the opportunity to send Lazio ahead when his shot from the edge of the box after 75 minutes also went wide.

Fiorentina could have scored a decider four minutes into stoppage time but Nikola Milenkovic's shot from a corner hit the crossbar.

Lazio next play next Juventus in a Coppa Italia quarter-final on Thursday.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; editing by Clare Fallon)

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