Lazio was held at relegation-threatened Hellas Verona to 1-1 on Monday to hamper its hopes of consolidating its place in the top four in Serie A in a tight race for the Champions League spots.
Cyril Ngonge scored his first goal for Verona on his first start after joining last month, to cancel out Pedro’s opener.
Lazio inched a point above Atalanta and AC Milan, which both lost at the weekend. It was a point behind Roma and four behind second-placed Inter Milan.
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Verona moved to within four points of safety. Lazio was hoping to move into third place in Serie A.
It broke the deadlock in stunning fashion on the stroke of halftime. Pedro played a one-two with Danilo Cataldi, gathered with his back to goal, and spun to curl a magnificent shot into the top left corner.
Verona leveled six minutes after the break when Darko Lazović whipped in a free kick for Ngonge to head in at the near post.