A poor second half display let Chievo back into the match...Lazio and Chievo shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A this afternoon.
Hernanes put the home side ahead just before half time with a magnificent free kick, but in the second half Bostjan Cesar grabbed the equaliser for the Flying Donkeys.
The home side started the match well, controlling possession but had to deal with an extremely well organised and hard working Chievo side.
Even so, it wasn't long before Lazio created the first real opportunity of the match thanks to some excellent anticipation from Mark Bresciano. The midfielder took advantage of some slack play in the Flying Donkeys' midfield before laying off Libor Kozák but the young striker was thwarted by Nicolas Frey on the goal line.
Despite conceding the majority of possession, Chievo did manage a few pot shots on goal through Gennaro Sardo and Sergio Pellissier, though Fernando Muslera was never really troubled in the opening 45 minutes.
As the first half came to an end, Lazio started to apply the pressure once more with Mauro Zárate forcing Stefano Sorrentino into a magnificent save and Dias had a header cleared off the line by Gelson Fernandes.
Then on the stroke of half time, Hernanes popped up with a splendid free kick that was hit with power into the bottom corner, past a helpless Sorrentino.
After the break it was Chievo who started on the front foot and should really have levelled the score when Fernandes, unmarked, headed straight into the hands of Muslera.
Following that, the Flying Donkeys went close once more. This time Sardo won ball from Lionel Scaloni in penalty area, but his ball across the face goal the goal was missed by all his team mates.
Chievo continued to press well and did not allow the home side any space in the second period, before getting just rewards midway through the half as Cesar bundled home at the far post from a Mariano Bogliacino corner.
But as the game wore on Lazio regained their control of the match but struggled to create any real opportunities as Chievo remained extremely well organised. The closest Lazio came was via a Bresciano free kick, but the could not make they breakthrough they so desperately needed.
As a result Chievo drop to eleventh, while Lazio move up to third in the league standings. However that could change after tonight's match between Inter and Roma.