Lazio ended a four-match winless skid in emphatic style on Sunday, beating Bologna 6-0 at Stadio Olimpico and pulling to within three points of city rivals Roma and Serie A’s final Europa League spot.
Leading the charge for the Biancocelesti was Miroslav Klose, whose incredible quintet took his season total to 15 goals and equaled a mark that hadn’t been reached in more than 27 years.
The 34-year-old got things started in the 21st minute, tapping home a rebound after Antonio Candreva’s initial shot was stopped by Bologna goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic.
Hernanes doubled the scoreline 10 minutes later, but Klose closed out the period with two goals in three minutes—the first coming after a well-timed Senad Lulic counter-attack and the second, which completed his hat-trick, following an Abdoulay Konko cross that put him in alone on Stojanovic.
And just to put the match completely out of reach for the visitors, the Germany international headed in his fourth goal of the contest just five minutes after the restart—Candreva again playing provider with an accurate, arching ball to his teammate.
Then, shortly after the hour-mark, Klose got his fifth goal thanks to a sublime pass from fellow forward Sergio Floccari.
Any chance of a sixth goal was put to bed in the 68th minute when Vladimir Petkovic substituted Klose, who came off to a raucous ovation, with Louis Saha.
With 16 goals in all competitions, Klose has already equalized his entire haul of last season with three matches to play.
Lazio, meanwhile, find themselves seventh in Serie A, two points back of Udinese and three adrift of the Giallorossi. Their remaining matches will be away to Inter Milan, at home to Sampdoria and away to Cagliari to close out the campaign on May 19.