Lazio rallies from 2-goal deficit to beat Cesena




MILAN (AP) — Lazio overcame a two-goal deficit and a man disadvantage, scoring three goals in an 11-minute span of the second half to beat visiting Cesena 3-2 Thursday night in the Serie A.

Cesena built a 2-0 lead when Adrian Mutu scored in the 14th minute and Vincenzo Iaquinta, making his debut for the club, converted a penalty kick in the 35th. Lazio’s Abdoulay Konko was given a red card for a foul on Mutu in the 33rd that caused the penalty kick.

Hernanes began the comeback in the 53rd, Senad Lulic tied it in the 60th and Libor Kozak got the go-ahead goal in the 63rd.

Lazio (12-5-6) is third with 42 points, three behind Juventus (12-0-9) and two back of defending champion AC Milan (13-4-5). Cesena (4-14-4) is next-to-last with 16 points.

Siena beat Napoli 2-1 in the first leg of the Italian Cup semifinals on goals by Ferreira Reginaldo in the 42nd and Gaetano D’Agostino in the 66th. Siena’s Emanule Pesoli had an own goal in the 86th.

The second leg of the total-goals series is March 21 in Naples.