The Biancocelesti took another important step to fourth place win an important win at the Olimpico.
Lazio maintained their hopes of a Champions League place with a much-needed victory against bottom placed Bari.
The Biancocelesti opened the scoring early on when Hernanes latched on to Giuseppe Sculli’s through pass to nestle the ball in the back of the net. Lazio continued to dominate throughout the first period but were unable to stretch their lead.
After the break the visitors finally showed some desire but were unable to find a leveler with Tommaso Berni proving in fine form between the sticks. The Biancocelesti held on for the win and secured a massive three points in view of results elsewhere.
The game started brightly with the home side immediately showing intent as they pushed forward in search of an opener.
Lazio were rewarded for their insistent approach when Hernanes broke the deadlock after six minutes. The Brazilian made the most of Sculli’s through past to smash a first time drive into the bottom corner.
The Aquile continue to pour forward with a commanding possession during the first period and the visitors struggled as they failed to get in the game. Bortolo Mutti’s side looked well out of their depth and strangely passive given their position at the bottom of the standings.
After the break Bari came out far more determined and finally managed to express themselves going forward. Massimo Donati had a golden chance to level the scoring shortly after the hour mark, but he scuffed his shot inside the box allowing Berni clear with an outstretched leg.
As news of positive results elsewhere started to filter through to the players, Lazio became more and more ragged in possession. This allowed the Galletti to mount a late assault and the Aquile had to hold on for dear life as they looked to close out the win.
There proved to be no way back for the Biancorossi and the home side secured a vital three points in their bid to secure fourth place. Following results elsewhere Lazio moved four points clear of fifth and remain just two points adrift of Inter in second.