Sports Desk – Lazio Striker Ciro Immobile equalled the Serie A scoring record for a single season with 36 when he was on target in his side’s 3-1 loss at Napoli in their final game of the season on Saturday.
Current Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain also scored 36 in 2015-16 while with Napoli, improving by one goal on the previous mark set by Gunnar Nordahl 66 years earlier.
However, while Higuain scored only three of his goals in 2015-16 with penalties, Immobile had 14 penalties this season — around 40 percent of his total goals.
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He also finished the season five goals clear of the next leading scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus. Ronaldo, who finished second on this season’s scoring list with 31 to match Juventus’ club record, had 12 penalties.
Lorenzo Insigne struck the post for Napoli before Immobile equalised in the 22nd minute, sweeping the ball between goalkeeper David Ospina and his near post from Adam Marusic’s pass.
Napoli regained the lead from a penalty in the 54th minute, Insigne sending Strakosha the wrong way after Dries Mertens was caught by Marco Parolo when he was about to shoot. Matteo Politano added a third in stoppage time.
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Lazio finished fourth with 78 points and Coppa Italia winners Napoli ended the season seventh with 62 points.