Bologna hold Lazio at home, Marco Arnautovic fumes after benching

BOLOGNA, ITALY - MARCH 11: Sergej Milinkovic Savic of SS Lazio competes for the ball with Jhon Locumi of Bologna FC during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and SS Lazio at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on March 11, 2023 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi - SS Lazio/Getty Images)
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MatchDay 26

Lazio fumbled an opportunity this evening to build on last weekend’s away win against Napoli.

The Biancocelesti were held 0-0 by hosts Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Playing without Ciro Immobile, Maurizio Sarri’s struggled in attack throughout the entire game.

The capital club only managed to create 5 shots in the entire match, with only 2 being on target. The hosts, meanwhile, had two opportunities to find the back of the net in the first half through Stefan Posch and Lewis Ferguson but were prevented by Lazio shot-stopper Ivan Provedel.

The 28 year-old made two huge saves and undoubtedly prevented the visitors from suffering a defeat.

Frustration boiled over when Marco Arnautovic, the team’s leading goalscorer, was left on the bench for the game and was seen throwing a water bottle at the team bench before storming off into the dressing room.

“I didn’t see his reaction,” confessed Bologna boss Thiago Motta during his post match press conference.

“You’ll have to talk to him but right now he’s not finding a lot of space because at the moment, other guys such as (Musa) Barrow deserve to play.”

Adding, “I’ll take things one match at a time and evaluate who helps give us the best chance to win and help the team. As for our performance, I thought we did well.”

“It was a good team display. We came really close to scoring, especially in the second half. Unfortunately we couldn’t find the goal.”