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Lazio down Novara to snap monthlong winless streak


SS Lazio’s Miroslav Klose, right, battles for the ball with Novara Calcio’s Simone Pesce in their Serie A match at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, on Monday.

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SS Lazio captain Tommaso Rocchi scored twice as the Roman club snapped a monthlong winless streak with a spirited 3-0 victory over newly promoted Novara Calcio in Serie A on Monday.

Remaining in fourth place, Lazio moved within four points of leaders Juventus and within two points of AC Milan and Udinese.

Defender Giuseppe Biava put Lazio ahead with a header from a corner in the 16th minute at the mostly empty Stadio Olimpico. Rocchi doubled the lead seven minutes later with another header following a free-kick, then sealed the victory with a volley from the edge of the box in the 72nd minute.

Lazio had failed to score in their past three matches — a 0-0 draw with Napoli, a 1-0 loss to Juventus and a 0-0 draw with Romanian side Vaslui in the Europa League.

Lazio last won on Nov. 6, beating Parma 1-0 to move level with Udinese at the top of the league.

Novara, playing in the top division for the first time in 55 years, remained third from the bottom in the relegation zone.

Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cisse also had chances for Lazio as the hosts dominated the entire match. Klose hit the side of the net after dribbling past the goalkeeper in the 53rd minute and Cisse hit the post in the 86th minute.

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