Caicedo spot on as Lazio defeat Empoli in Serie A

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Lazio remain firmly in the race for a UEFA Champions League place after a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Empoli in Serie A.

Felipe Caicedo scored the only goal of the match, converting a penalty three minutes before half-time after he had been tripped by Empoli goalkeeper Ivan Provedel.

Simone Inzaghi's side moved into fourth place, two points ahead of AC Milan and three above Atalanta and Roma, who all have a game in hand.

The top four in Serie A qualify for a spot in next year's Champions League.

Inter Milan, in third, are also only two points ahead of Lazio.

Empoli remained 17th, a point above the relegation zone ahead of the rest of the round 23 fixtures.

Source AAP