Lazio Held to Frustrating Goalless Draw by Mazzarri’s Napoli

Lazio were unable to find a way through against a lacklustre Napoli, with a disallowed Valentin Castellanos bicycle kick having no impact on the 0-0 draw.

The Biancocelesti have been in strong form in recent weeks, winning their five consecutive matches prior to the Supercoppa Italiana loss to Inter, and their run has put them in the thick of the race for a top four finish.

Napoli, on the other hand, have been all over the place since the start of December, winning just two of their last seven league games heading into the match with the Biancocelesti on Sunday evening, a run leaving them near the mid-table.

Lazio started the match at the Stadio Olimpico on the front foot, having a few early chances from Matias Vecino and Gustav Isaksen, probing the Napoli defence. They were unable to find the right rhythm in the final third, keeping things level as the first half progressed.

In the latter stages of the half, Isaksen again had another decent shot on goal, but it sailed over the crossbar and allowed the Partenopei to enter the break level with their hosts.

Just moments into the second half, Castellanos thought he’d given Lazio a 1-0 lead with an acrobatic bicycle kick after a beautiful long ball, but a VAR replay showed the Argentine striker was a yard or two offside, annulling the goal.

The Biancocelesti continued to push for an opener as the second half continued, with Napoli offering little in the way of forward ventures, but their final product was lacking and they couldn’t break the deadlock.

Napoli ultimately held on to secure a point at the Stadio Olimpico, leaving Lazio frustrated after a match that they should’ve really won.

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