Lazio fail to keep pace after draw at Bologna
Fourth-placed Lazio missed the chance to keep pace with leaders Juventus as they were held to a draw.
ROME - Fourth-placed Lazio missed the chance to keep pace with leaders Juventus when they were held to a 0-0 draw at struggling Bologna in Serie A on Monday and are now eight points off top spot.
Bologna were not pretty but they were certainly effective, stifling a Lazio side who looked to create chances throughout the first half as they sought to leave with a victory.
The home side, by shutting down Brazilian playmaker Hernanes and midfielder Antonio Candreva, cut off Lazio's supply lines, leaving Libor Kozak increasingly frustrated up front.
The Rome club started with talismanic striker Miroslav Klose on the bench, with the Germany international still working his way back to match fitness after a recent ankle injury.
The visitors had their chances, with Candreva testing goalkeeper Federico Agliardi in the 13th minute and Giuseppe Biava misdirecting a Michael Ciani cross just before the break.
But Lazio struggled in the early stages of the second half, allowing the hosts to create a series of chances with Tiberio Guarente sending Alberto Gilardino's pass wide and Gilardino failing to reach Saphir Taider's cross from close range.
When Kozak was sent off for a second booking four minutes from time Lazio's hopes of breaking the deadlock were all but over despite the introduction of Klose late in the game.
The draw leaves Lazio on 30 points from 16 games, three behind third-placed Napoli and a point above city rivals AS Roma.
They next face a confident Inter Milan side who have moved up to second place after beating Napoli on Sunday.