Immobile moves closer to Italy World Cup spot
published : 20 Apr 2014 at 00:49
Torino striker Ciro Immobile enhanced his claim for a place in Italy's World Cup squad with his 20th goal of the season on Saturday.
Torino's midfielder Giuseppe Vives congratulates Ciro Immobile (R) after his goal during an Italian Serie A football match against Lazio on April 19, 2014 at the Olympic stadium in Rome
But his last-minute effort was in vain as Lazio grabbed a point with the last kick of the game in the Olympic Stadium to secure a 3-3 draw.
The point left Torino eighth, still in contention for a Europa League spot, but two behind AC Milan, who eased to a 3-0 victory at home to Livorno.
Torino's local rivals, league leaders Juventus, play later when they take on relegation-threatened Bologna, aiming to consolidate their eight-point advantage over Roma, who are in action earlier at Fiorentina.
A draw would be enough for Roma to secure second place and automatic qualification for the Champions League as third-place Napoli could only manage a 1-1 draw away at Udinese.
But their hold on the last Champions League is not under threat, despite Inter Milan's 2-0 away win over Parma.
Immobile must have imagined he had give Torino all three points and level with AC Milan as he put Torino ahead in the 89th minute, only for Antonio Candreva to grab his second of the game and salvage a point four minutes into stoppage time.
Milan encountered little resistance from Livorno in the San Siro as they cruised to their fifth consecutive victory.
Goals from Mario Balotelli, just before half-time, Moroccan Adel Taarabt, six minutes after the break, and Giampaolo Pazzini, six minutes from time, secured the points.
Inter suffered a nerve-racking few minutes around the interval at Parma, with Antonio Cassano missing a penalty just before the break before Portuguese striker Rolando made amends shortly afterwards by scoring with a diving header.
Argentine-born Gabriel Paletta was sent off for a second yellow card and even though Parma continued to press Inter, the numerical advantage told in the end as Fredy Guarin grabbed a second for Inter a minute from time.
Veteran striker Luca Toni pressed his own claim for a place in the World Cup squad with the winner away to Atalanta, in Bergamo, in a 2-1 victory, which took the much-travelled 37-year-old's tally for the season to 18.