Serie A Round-Up
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portugal international Fernando Couto opened the scoring as early as the third minute as Empoli knew they were in for a tough night's work.
Luciano Zauri made it two-nil just before half-time to make Roberto Mancini's half-time team talk a relatively simple one.
Dutch stopper Jaap Stam rounded proceedings off with a third with 20 minutes to go, as Lazio closed the gap on third place Juventus.
Perugia stay second from bottom after they suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Chievo at Stadio Renato Curi.
After a goalless first half, The Flying Donkeys broke the deadlock through Andrea Barzagli on 67 minutes.
Fabrizio Ravanelli and Jay Bothroyd were summoned from the bench as Perugia went in search of an equaliser, but Federico Cossato scored a second at the death to keep Chievo in the top half of Serie A.