Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker saves Serie A side from further embarrassment

Louis Saha

Ex-Everton, Manchester United, Sunderland, and Tottenham frontman Louis Saha inadvertently saved Bologna from conceding double figures.

Some players get better with age, or in Miroslav Klose's case - remain as relentlessly brutal as he always has been.

The German has been haunting defenders for the best part of a generation, and is at second place in the World Cup all-time record scorers list on 14, one behind Brazil's Ronaldo.

He began that adventure in 2002, when he demolished a Saudi Arabia side 8-0, scoring five goals in that battering.

Klose equaled that personal tally yesterday, when he bagged five goals in Lazio's mauling of Bologna - becoming the first player for the Rome club to ever do so in Serie A.

And it really should have been more.

Bologna were beaten 6-0, with Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic clearly feeling sorry for his hapless opponents, for he chose to withdraw Klose from action.

The indomitable German had bagged five goals within little over an hour, scoring in the 21st, 30th, 39th, 50th and 61st minutes.

Seven minutes later he was substituted, an answer to the prayers of the Bologna defenders.

Enter Louis Saha, former Premier League workhorse, and once reliable goalscorer - But as his spell at Sunderland earlier this season proved, those days are truly behind him.

As soon as Saha came on, or just as poignantly, Klose went off, Lazio's goalscoring stopped, with the German's 61st minute goal the final strike of the match.

Saha played 25 minutes and failed to find the net against an already beaten down defence, with his introduction coinciding with the game petering out.

Bologna were on course to concede double figures before the German went off, so it's just as well the Lazio coach took pity on them.

For poor Saha, it was just the latest blank in a season full of them, in England and in Italy.

Having signed for Sunderland last summer, Saha played 11 matches in the Premier League without scoring. He was released by Martin O'Neill in January and made the switch to Italian football with Lazio.

His luck hasn't been any better over there, for seven appearances in he is still hunting for his first goal - and not even Bologna could provide it.

With three games left for Lazio this season, Saha has limited chances to save his season tally ending up with a big zero.

At 34, sadly this season has been confirmation he is not what he was, whereas Klose - The same age, is as dangerous and prolific as ever.

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