Super Eagles combative midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, shone brightly as 10-man Lazio edged Sassuolo 3-2 on Sunday as they secure back-to-back Serie A wins for the first time this season.
The Nigerian international however bagged the yellow card after he landed badly on Sassuolo’s Federico Peluso.
The caution was not enough to stop the youngster from thwarting several attacking forays into the vital areas of Lazio.
Goals from Stefano Mauri and Filip Djordjevic put the Romans 2-0 up after 25 minutes and although Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi swiftly reduced the deficit, Antonio Candreva restored the hosts’ two-goal cushion before half-time.
Lazio had Lorik Cana sent off four minutes into the second half for a second yellow card after bringing down Berardi in the box.
Berardi converted the resulting penalty, but the visitors could not find an equaliser and lost defender Federico Peluso to a red card on the hour mark to compound matters.
The outcome in Rome followed Lazio’s 4-0 triumph at Palermo last time out and lifted the Biancoceleste to seventh place in the standings.
Sassuolo remained 19th in the standings, with three points – all from draws.
The visitors travelled to the Stadio Olimpico looking for their first win of the campaign and bolstered by the return of Berardi from a three-match suspension.
Lazio stormed into a ninth-minute lead when Mauri’s fierce drive from 30 yards beat Sassuolo goalkeeper, Andrea Consigli.