Nigerian forward, Simy Nwankwo scored back-to-back braces for the first time in his Italian top flight career for relegation-threatened Crotone but they still lost 3-2 away at Lazio, reports.


Fresh from picking a spot in the Italian Serie A team of the week for matchday 26 following his match-winning heroics against Torino, the lanky striker was hoping to make it back-to-back wins.


Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic gave Lazio the lead after just 14 minutes before Simy equalized for the visitors just before the half-hour mark when he finished off superbly from just outside the box.


Ciro Immobile then set up Luis Alberto to make it 2-1 just before the break as the host went into the break on the front foot.


Down but not out, the impressive Simy then leveled matters for his side five minutes after the restart this time from 12 yards as he expertly sent Pepe Reina the wrong way to make it 2-2 for Crotone.


Within touching distance of snatching a point, Crotone’s resolve was broken six minutes from the time when substitute Felipe Caicedo fired home the winner to seal all three points and condemn the visitors to their 20th league loss.


The impressive Simy, who took his tally for the season to 12 goals, ended the game with a rating of 8.1, moving up to 9th in the race for the golden boot, a distant eight goals behind leader Cristiano Ronaldo.