Immobile breaks scoring record in Lazio win over Venezia

March 14, 2022 GMT
Lazio's Ciro Immobile celebrates after scoring with penalty against Venezia during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Venezia, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, in Rome, Italy, Monday, March 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Lazio's Ciro Immobile celebrates after scoring with penalty against Venezia during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Venezia, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, in Rome, Italy, Monday, March 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Lazio's Ciro Immobile celebrates after scoring with penalty against Venezia during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Venezia, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, in Rome, Italy, Monday, March 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Lazio's Ciro Immobile celebrates after scoring with penalty against Venezia during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Venezia, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, in Rome, Italy, Monday, March 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Lazio's Ciro Immobile celebrates after scoring with penalty against Venezia during the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Venezia, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, in Rome, Italy, Monday, March 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

ROME (AP) — Ciro Immobile converted a penalty to become Lazio’s all-time leading scorer in Serie A as the Rome club beat relegation-threatened Venezia 1-0 on Monday.

The victory enabled Lazio to leapfrog Atalanta and Roma into fifth place, boosting its chances of direct qualification for the Europa League.

Immobile’s second-half goal was his 144th in Serie A with Lazio, breaking a tie with Silvio Piola, whose 274 with Lazio and other teams from 1930-54 make him the league’s overall record scorer.

Immobile had already surpassed Piola to become Lazio’s top scorer across all competitions.

It was a perfect warmup for Lazio ahead of the Rome derby next weekend.

Venezia remained three points from safety.

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