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Klose strikes twice as SS Lazio cruise to home win

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Emdad Rahman reports from the Stadio Olimpico:

Mirislav Klose scored a brace on his return to the first team as a woeful Livorno were beaten 2-0 by Lazio.

Lazio have struggled in Serie A during this campaign and coach Vladimir Petkovic was under pressure to lead the Biancocelesti to their first win in seven games. Rumours circulated that a defeat would result in Petkovic being shown the exit door. The Italian Cup holders have only won four times this season, their last victory was a 2-0 win over Cagliari at the end of October.

Livorno themselves are in trouble as they fight to stave off a relegation dogfight. The Amaranto visited the Stadio Olimpico with three losses in their last five away games.

Lazio looked good throughout. In the fifth minute a chance was created from a corner for Lucas Biglia but from an acute angle the Argentine hit the side of the net. Minutes Antonio Candreva leapt but failed to just connect to a Senad Lulic centre.

German international Klose took to the field after recovering from injury and went close in the 35th minute. Candreva's shot cum through ball was struck onto the post.

Klose took another two minutes to score the opener. Hernanes was the assist as the 35-year-old German scored at the second attempt.

Hernanes was also involved in the second goal as his long range effort was blocked but diverted into the path of a grateful Klose who made no mistake from close range.

Davide Nicola's Livorno struggled to assert any momentous and their first clear cut chance involved top goal scorer Paulinho on 32 minutes.

Nicola put on Nahuel Valentini and Leandro Greco for the second half for Livorno as coach Davide Nicola looked to freshen things up. Innocent Emeghara replaced Luca Siligardi but there was to be no change. A dismal display leaves Lazio in place whilst Livorno

Lazio's fifth win of the season moved the Rome club temporarily to ninth place and remained a hefty 20 points behind League leaders Juventus ahead of the Old Lady's evening match at home to Sassuolo.

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