FANS were treated to Europe’s most mental game of the season as Lazio and Sampdoria played out a ten-goal thriller at the Stadio Olimpico.
Simone Inzaghi’s men triumphed winning 7-3 as they tighten their grip on a Europa League spot as they sit five points clear in fourth place.
Six different players got on the score sheet for the home side as Keita Balde Diao carried on his recent hot streak in front of goal, banging in his sixth in his last three games with an early opener in just the second minute with a rifling shit into the top corner.
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Ciro Immobile then doubled their lead when he scored from the spot after Milan Skriniar was sent off, before Karol Linetty pulled one back for the away side in the 32nd minute.
However any chances of a comeback were dashed as Lazio struck three times in the closing stages of the first half, with Wesley Hoedt, Felipe Anderson and Stefan de Vrij all netting in quick succession.
Just after the hour mark, 31-year-old Bosnian midfielder Senad Lulic scored with a header from close range to make it 6-1, before Immobile scored his second of the afternoon, and his 25th of the season.
Veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella then bagged in a late brace, firstly with a a clinical finish into the bottom left corner from inside the box, before he nestled in a penalty in the 90th minute.
The emphatic win leaves Lazio just five points behind rivals Roma who occupy the last Champions League spot, while Sampdoria stay in tenth spot in Serie A.