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Lazio leapfrog Inter into second

Saturday 22 December 2012 17.00 CET
Hernanes scored the only goal as Lazio won at Sampdoria

S.S. Lazio grasped the chance to move up to second in Serie A with a 1-0 win at UC Sampdoria.

FC Internazionale Milano started the day as the closest challengers to leaders Juventus, but were held 1-1 at home to Genoa CFC. Genoa, who had lost eight of their ten previous league games, took the lead with 13 minutes left when Italian Under-21 international Ciro Immobile sprung the Nerazzurri offside trap and finished with aplomb. Inter salvaged a point thanks to Esteban Cambiasso's near-post header from an Antonio Cassano cross.

The Biancocelesti needed no second invitation and are now eight points shy of the summit thanks to a solitary Hernanes goal on 31 minutes. Third, ahead of Inter on goal difference, are ACF Fiorentina following their 3-0 victory at US Città di Palermo, Stevan Jovetić and Gonzalo Rodríguez both on the mark with second-half penalties. SSC Napoli are a further point adrift in fifth after their 2-0 win at bottom-placed AC Siena. In the late kick-off, AS Roma cemented sixth spot courtesy of a 4-2 win against AC Milan.

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