File image of Ciro Immobile (AP Photo)Lazio forward Ciro Immobile equalled the Serie A scoring record for a single season when he was on target in his side's 3-1 loss at Napoli in their final game of the season on Saturday. In a game which finished with an angry exchange between members of the two team benches, the 30-year-old took his tally to 36 goals, equalling the record set by Gonzalo Higuain for Napoli in the 2015-16 season. He also finished the season five goals clear of the next leading scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus. Tempers boiled over at the end as Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso and his counterpart Simone Inzaghi were involved in a heated argument and Gattuso had
File image of Ciro Immobile (AP Photo)MILAN: Lazio's Ciro Immobile is set to join an exclusive club as the highest-scoring player in Europe this season. In a decade dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the underrated Italian is near assured of winning the European Golden Shoe for the continent's top scorer. From Messi, to Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Robert Lewandowski and Erling Braut Haaland, nobody in Europe has managed to keep pace with the Naples-born player. Immobile overtook Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski with his 35th goal against Brescia midweek, and will close his campaign against Napoli on Saturday. Juventus star Ronaldo, on 31 goals, is four behind before the Serie A champions' final game against Roma in Turin, in which
Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP Photo)TURIN: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, the first a penalty awarded for handball, to give Juventus a 2-1 win over Lazio which put them on the brink of a ninth successive Serie A title on Monday. Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, his 50th Serie A goal, and added a second after team mate Paulo Dybala left him with an open goal three minutes later. Ciro Immobile pulled one back for a Lazio in the 83rd minute, leaving him and Ronaldo tied on 30 goals as Serie A's joint topscorers. Juventus, with 80 points, are eight clear of Inter Milan with four games each to play followed by Atalanta on 71 and Lazio fourth on 69.
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain react after missing a chance to score (Reuters Photo)MILAN: Juventus were held to a 3-3 draw at Sassuolo in Serie A on Wednesday, although that will do little to slow their seemingly unstoppable march to a record-extending ninth straight league title. Juventus are seven points ahead of Atalanta, who beat Brescia 6-2 on Tuesday, and eight points ahead of Lazio five games remaining after the capital side also drew (0-0) at relegation-threatened Udinese. Fourth-place Inter Milan are nine points behind Juventus and visit SPAL on Thursday. It was Juve's third straight match without a win after a 4-2 loss against AC Milan -- after going 2-0 up -- and a 2-2 draw against Atalanta.