Lazio's Taty Castellanos reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer...

Lazio's Taty Castellanos reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Lazio at the Frosinone Benito Stirpe stadium, in Frosinone, Italy, Saturday, March 16, 2024. Credit: AP/Alfredo Falcone

MILAN — Substitute Taty Castellanos scored twice in Lazio's 3-2 win at relegation-threatened Frosinone on Saturday in what is set to be interim coach Giovanni Martusciello’s only match in charge of the capital club.

Pol Lirola gave Frosinone the lead before Mattia Zaccagni leveled shortly before halftime. Castellanos scored twice after the break but Walid Cheddira reduced the deficit to set up a nervy final 20 minutes and also had a goal ruled out.

Martusciello, Maurizio Sarri’s longtime assistant, was named caretaker coach on Wednesday after Sarri resigned. But Italian media reports an agreement has already been reached with Igor Tudor to take over from Monday.

Tudor has previously coached Udinese and Hellas Verona in Serie A. The 45-year-old Croatian’s last job was at Marseille, which he left in June after leading it to third place in the French league.

Lazio had lost its last four matches — including a Champions League exit at Bayern Munich — and got off to the worst start at Frosinone as Lirola headed the home side into the lead in the 13th minute.

Lazio was struggling and Frosinone had chances to extend its lead before Zaccagni volleyed in a cross from Matteo Guendouzi to level, seven minutes from the break.

Castellanos was brought on for Ciro Immobile in the 56th minute, with play stopped following a foul by Frosinone, and he had an immediate impact as he headed in Luis Alberto’s free kick.

Lazio's Ciro Immobile, right, in action during the Italian Serie...

Lazio's Ciro Immobile, right, in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Lazio at the Frosinone Benito Stirpe stadium, in Frosinone, Italy, Saturday, March 16, 2024. Credit: AP/Alfredo Falcone

Castellanos called the whole team over to celebrate with him in a huddle, including the players on the bench.

And the Argentine forward doubled his tally just five minutes later. Nicolò Casale’s effort came off the left post but Castellanos was quickest to react. With Frosinone goalkeeper Stefano Turati on the ground, he just had to tap the rebound into the empty net.

Cheddira pulled one back with an acrobatic, overhead kick in the 70th minute and thought he had leveled three minutes later, following a howler by Lazio stand-in goalkeeper Christos Mandas, but it was ruled out for offside.

Ninth-place Lazio is 11 points behind fourth-place Bologna, while Frosinone remained a point from safety.

Frosinone's Pol Lirola, left, celebrates after scoring, during the Italian...

Frosinone's Pol Lirola, left, celebrates after scoring, during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Lazio at the Frosinone Benito Stirpe stadium, in Frosinone, Italy, Saturday, March 16, 2024. Credit: AP/Alfredo Falcone

ANOTHER COACHING CHANGE?

Lecce had the ideal debut under new coach Luca Gotti as it won 1-0 at bottom club Salernitana to snap a five-match winless run and move four points clear of the relegation zone.

Gotti was appointed on Wednesday, two days after Roberto D’Aversa was fired for headbutting an opposing player.

Salernitana was the better team for much of the match and Lecce had goalkeeper Wladimiro Falcone to thank for a number of decisive saves.

Lecce took the lead in the 17th minute when, during a goalmouth scramble, Salernitana defender Norbert Gyömbér deflected the ball into his own net.

It was only the second goal Lecce had scored since Feb. 2. The previous one was also an own-goal.

Salernitana remained 11 points from safety and seemingly doomed for Serie B. CEO Maurizio Milan said it is “evaluating” whether to fire Fabio Liverani, the team’s third coach of the season.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Daniel Maldini has emulated his father by scoring against a Cagliari side coached by Claudio Ranieri.

A stunning free kick, four minutes from halftime, was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Monza and left Cagliari two points above the drop zone.

The 22-year-old Maldini, who joined Monza on loan from AC Milan in January, has scored three goals in his last four matches.

His father, Paolo Maldini, was a former Milan captain and defender. One of his 29 Serie A goals came against Cagliari in 1991 when the Sardinian team was previously coached by Ranieri.

Udinese was only three points above the relegation zone after losing 2-0 at home to Torino.

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