It was a tense evening at the Stadio Olimpico as Lazio defeated Sampdoria in a crucial Serie A clash which moved them into the top-four spot.
The home side, who were looking to secure a top-four finish, knew that a win was vital.
However, Sampdoria, who were fighting to avoid relegation, were not going to make things easy for them.
The first half was a cagey affair, with both teams struggling to create clear-cut chances.
Lazio had a few half-chances, but they were unable to find the back of the net.
Sampdoria, on the other hand, were happy to sit back and defend.
The second half started in a similar fashion, with Lazio looking the more likely of the two teams to score.
Their talisman, Ciro Immobile, had two great chances to break the deadlock, but he was unable to convert either of them.
As the clock ticked towards the 80th minute, it seemed like the game was destined to end in a draw.
But then, midfielder Luis Alberto came up with a moment of magic.
He picked up the ball outside the box and fired a stunning shot into the top right corner of the net, leaving the Sampdoria goalkeeper with no chance.
The Stadio Olimpico erupted in celebration as the home fans realized that the win was secured. Sampdoria tried to mount a late comeback, but it was too little too late.
The win lifted Lazio into fourth place in the Serie A table, just one point ahead of rivals AS Roma.
With only a few matches left in the season, every point was crucial.
As for Sampdoria, their hopes of avoiding relegation took another blow, and they remained second-from-bottom in the table.