Serie A postponed a whole boatload of games on Saturday due to coronavirus, but a pair of games still went on as planned, and they had major table implications.
Table-toppers Juventus saw their massive game against Inter postponed, which allowed Lazio to temporarily take control of the top spot thanks to a 2-0 win over Bologna. Luis Alberto and Joaquin Correa both scored within a three-minute span early in the game to secure the victory.
Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, a former Lazio player who is undergoing treatment for leukemia but still working the sideline, was given a standing ovation by Lazio fans before the kickoff.
“I never imagined we’d be top after 26 matches even knowing that I coach some really good lads,” Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi, a former Lazio teammate of Mihailovic, said after the match. “We should have had a bigger lead at halftime but we suffered a bit in the second half, which was a merit of Bologna.”
At the San Paolo Stadium, Kostas Manolas and Giovanni Di Lorenzo both scored to give Napoli a 2-1 win over Torino. Manolas headed home the opener 18 minutes in off a set-piece, while Di Lorenzo tacked the eventual winner on in the 82nd minute. Torino snagged a consolation in stoppage time through Simone Edera, but it wasn’t enough to see them rise above 15th. Napoli jumped to sixth, six points back of fourth-placed Atalanta with their fourth win in their last five matches.