By Alasdair Mackenzie
ROME (Reuters) – Edin Dzeko’s goal secured a 1-0 win for AS Roma away to Lecce on Sunday to send them fifth in Serie A as Lazio blew away Genoa in Rome.
Bosnian striker Dzeko headed in Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross for his fourth goal of the season in the second half to ensure that Paulo Fonseca’s side immediately returned to winning ways after their home defeat by Atalanta on Wednesday.
Aleksandar Kolarov had the chance to double the score from the penalty spot with 10 minutes remaining but was denied by a superb save from Lecce goalkeeper Gabriel.
Roma are fifth in the standings on 11 points but their city rivals Lazio are right behind them on 10 after beating struggling Genoa 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Stefan Radu struck in the first half before substitute Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile were on target after the break.
Elsewhere, Stefano Okaka’s first-half header gave Udinese a 1-0 win at home to Bologna and Cagliari were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Hellas Verona.
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; editing by Clare Fallon and Christian Radnedge)