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Immobile in form propels Lazio to sixth at exhausted Salernitana

ROME: Ciro Immobile scored twice to top the Serie A goalscoring charts as Lazio beat COVID-hit bottom Salernitana 3-0 on Saturday to claim sixth.

The Italy international netted twice in the opening 10 minutes to take his tally for the season to 17 goals, one more than Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic.

Immobile’s second goal was his 140th Serie A goal since joining the Roma club ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

That tally is second only to Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (179 goals) and Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi (163) in Europe’s top five leagues during this period.

The 31-year-old was close to a hat-trick when his chilling header hit the underside of the bar as the visitors dominated against a Salernitana side missing six players thanks to COVID-19.

Substitute Manuel Lazzari completed a comfortable win by completing a flowing counterattack after the break.

Maurizio Sarri’s side moved up to sixth place with 35 points, three behind Juventus, while Salernitana remain bottom with 11 points.

Elsewhere, ninth-placed Torino came from behind to beat relegation to Sampdoria 2-1 in Genoa as Wilfried Singo and Dennis Praet responded to Francesco Caputo’s opener.

(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Hugh Lawson)