Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has had a two-match ban lifted on appeal, clearing him to play key matches against AC Milan and Juventus. Strootman had been banned for instigating a melee after scoring during Sunday's Rome derby. After the goal and an extended celebration, words appeared to be exchanged as Roma's players walked back onto the field alongside Lazio's bench.
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ROME — Lazio moved up to fourth place in Serie A by beating Sampdoria 2-1 on Saturday. Lazio pulled within one point of second-place Roma and third-place AC Milan, who meet on Monday. Sampdoria was ninth after its five-match unbeaten run ended. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Marco Parolo scored in the first half for Lazio, while Patrick Schick pulled one back for the hosts one minute from time. Also, Crotone beat Pescara 2-1 in a matchup between two clubs attempting to avoid relegation. The victory moved Crotone one point ahead of Pescara, which was second-to-last. Raffaele Palladino put Crotone ahead with a penalty, and Gian Marco Ferrari restored the advantage after Hugo Campagnaro’s equalizer.