Lazio failed to carry their momentum forward at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara as they allowed Bologna to escape with all three points in a frustrating 1-0 loss.
The Biancocelesti had started to recover after their slow start to the campaign and had picked up three consecutive league wins heading into their clash with the Rossoblu, taking victory over Atalanta, Sassuolo and Fiorentina.
Bologna have continued to grow under Thiago Motta and the Emilia-Romagna outfit have been dreaming of securing European qualification, giving them a boost in confidence and motivation after a good start to the season.
Lazio were mostly in control of the first half against Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, having a few decent chances thanks to Valentin Castellanos, who continued showing why he should grow into a regular starter under Maurizio Sarri.
The Rossoblu’s Joshua Zirkzee had two attempts on goal in the first half but neither looked particularly threatening. As the two teams went into the half time break, it only seemed like a matter of time until the Biancocelesti broke the deadlock.
Bologna came out swinging in the second half and quickly took a 1-0 lead after Lewis Ferguson snuck through the Lazio defence and curled the ball past a diving Ivan Provedel.
Minutes later, the Biancocelesti were convinced that they should’ve been awarded a penalty after Alexis Saelemaekers clumsily challenged for a high ball with Castellanos. Ultimately, the decision didn’t come, leaving Maurizio Sarri’s side furious.
Lazio tried to push for an equaliser as the second half progressed, but their toothless attempts allowed Bologna to hold on tightly to their 1-0 lead, which they successfully defended until the final whistle.
It was another frustrating performance for Sarri’s Lazio, who cannot afford to lose confidence as they prepare for a vital Champions League clash with Feyenoord.