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Immobile hits hat-trick as Lazio crush Sampdoria

20 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick as Lazio thrashed ten-man Sampdoria 5-1 on Saturday to consolidate third place in Serie A and keep the pressure on leaders Juventus and Inter Milan, reports AFP.

But Napoli lost 2-0 at home to Fiorentina, leaving last season’s runners-up without a league win at their San Paolo Stadium since October 19 ahead of hosting Barcelona in the Champions League in a month’s time.

Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio extended their club record winning streak to 11 league games as they target a first Serie A title since 2000 with Immobile the division’s runaway top scorer with 23 goals.

“If we get to seven, eight, ten games from the end and we are still there, why not try to still believe? But for now the goal remains the Champions League,” insisted Immobile. “The important thing is to continue like this without getting carried away.”

Immobile is on course to overtake Gonzalo Higuain’s Serie A record of 36 goals scored for Napoli in the 2015-2016 season.

“Only Higuain achieved this so it’s tough,” added Immobile, whose previous best was 29 goals in the 2017-2018 campaign. “But with these teammates, this crowd, this enthusiasm, we can continue to do well, and hopefully I can keep scoring.”