Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile moved to within one goal of equalling the Serie A single season scoring record on Wednesday as Lazio beat relegated Brescia 2-0 to stay in the race for second place.
Immobile struck his 35th league goal of the campaign eight minutes from time in Rome to close in on Gonzalo Higuain’s record of 36 goals, scored for Napoli in 2015-16.
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is four goals behind Immobile as the champions take on Cagliari later Wednesday.
“There is Ronaldo, so it would be a great achievement for Ciro Immobile, a prize and source of pride for everyone,” said coach Simone Inzaghi.
With one game to play Lazio are fourth, equal on 78 points with third-placed Atalanta, who beat Parma 2-1 on Tuesday, and one adrift Inter Milan who are second following their 2-0 win over Napoli.
All three teams are targeting second place behind Juve, who sealed a ninth consecutive Serie A title at the weekend.
Inter and Atalanta will go head-to-head this weekend with Lazio’s last game at seventh-placed Napoli.
Immobile helped Joaquin Correa open the scoring after 16 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico, with Correa returning the favour late on.
Behind the top four, who are assured of Champions League football next season, AC Milan kept the pressure on fifth-placed Roma for the Europa League group stage berth.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice and set up a third as Milan beat Sampdoria 4-1, leaving Stefano Pioli’s side one point behind Roma, who play Torino later