Sassuolo hands second-placed Lazio third successive defeat

Lazio suffered a third successive defeat by losing 2-1 to Sassuolo, thereby severely denting its hopes of lifting the Serie A title.

Francesco Caputo

Sassuolo's Francesco Caputo celebrates after scoring the match-winner against Lazio in the Serie A on Saturday.   -  Reuteers

Second-placed Lazio slumped to a third successive defeat in the Serie A title race when it slipped to a 2-1 loss at home to Sassuolo in stifling heat at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Sassuolo had a goal disallowed for offside in the ninth minute and hit the bar before Lazio, beaten by AC Milan the previous Saturday and Lecce on Tuesday, went ahead with a Luis Alberto goal in the 33rd minute.

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But Sassuolo hit back when Giacomo Raspadori turned in Francesco Caputo's cross seven minutes into the second half and Caputo himself headed the winner from point-blank range in stoppage time.

Lazio, plagued by injuries and struggling to cope with a hectic fixture list, remains stuck on 68 points, seven behind Juventus which hosts third-placed Atalanta on Sunday. Sassuolo is eighth with 46 points.

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