Inter and Lazio each misplaced floor within the Serie A title race on Saturday night, enjoying out a tense Zero-Zero draw to spice up the Scudetto hopes of rivals Napoli, who received 1-Zero at Crotone on Friday evening.
The sport was one in all few probabilities, with neither aspect keen to throw their full attacking would possibly on the different till the dying moments – leaving Roma respiratory a sigh of aid because the groups both aspect of them in third and fifth didn’t make them pay for dropping two factors towards Sassuolo earlier within the day.
Either side made a small handful of modifications from their midweek Coppa Italia ties, Yuto Nagatomo and Joao Mario dropping to the bench for Inter after a 120-minute epic towards AC Milan on the San Siro – being changed by Davide Santon and Borja Valero.
The primary real probability of the sport got here halfway via a cagey first half, an excellent save from Lazio’s younger stopper Thomas Strakosha denying Ivan Perisic from point-blank vary after Borja Valero’s ball in from the left.
Inter started to open up extra as the sport approached half-time, however an damage to Andrea Ranocchia simply earlier than the break killed all of their momentum stone useless – the one-time Hull Metropolis loanee getting medical consideration on multiple event as he struggled with an obvious damage to his torso.
Lazio’s solely probability of the primary half got here via Sergej Milinković-Savić, whose fierce long-range drive swerved ferociously earlier than being palmed away strongly by Samir Handanovic.
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Strakosha got here to Lazio’s rescue once more close to the hour mark, palming a vicious strike from Valero onto the put up earlier than the sport’s most controversial second arrived – referee Gianluca Rocchi pointing to the penalty spot after Ciro Motionless’s shot got here off Milan Škriniar’s arm.
One journey to the VAR sales space later although, and the choice was overturned; replays displaying that the ball solely hit the Slovakian defender’s arm after bouncing off his leg, leaving him no time to keep away from touching the ball.
Felipe Anderson had a incredible probability to grab a winner with simply ten minutes remaining, firing broad from the sting of the six-yard field when it seemed simpler to attain after being arrange brilliantly by Motionless.