VAR help can't prevent Lazio from 2nd straight defeat

Lazio's Ciro Immobile, center, runs with the ball during Italian Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Genoa at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA via AP)
Lazio's Marco Parolo, right, and Genoa's Andrea Bertolacci vie for the ball during Italian Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Genoa at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA via AP)
Genoa's Goran Pandev celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during Italian Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Genoa at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA via AP)
Lazio's Adam Marusic, left, and Genoa's Diego Laxalt vie for the ball during Italian Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Genoa at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA via AP)

ROME — Even with help from the video assistant referee, Lazio lost for the second straight week in Serie A.

Diego Laxalt leaped above Lazio defender Patric to score with a bouncing header in injury time as Genoa won 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Ten minutes earlier, Laxalt thought he had already scored the go-ahead goal but the score was waived off after video replays showed the Genoa midfielder used his hand to control the ball before scoring.

The decision came eight days after Patrick Cutrone controversially scored in AC Milan's 2-1 win over Lazio after the VAR failed to spot the ball came off the teenager's arm and not his head.

On Monday, former Lazio striker Goran Pandev put Genoa ahead early in the second half, and Marco Parolo equalized four minutes after

Pandev finished off a counterattack with a weak shot from the center of the area then Parolo redirected a cross from Martin Caceres.

Third-place Lazio remained only one point ahead of fourth-place Inter Milan, and still 14 points behind leader Napoli.

Genoa moved up to 13th, seven points above the drop zone.

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