Bologna holds Lazio to 0-0 in Serie A

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm •  Published: January 11, 2014
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MILAN (AP) — Relegation-threatened Bologna held Lazio to a goalless draw in Serie A on Saturday in Davide Ballardini's first match in charge of the home side.

Ballardini, who coached Lazio for half a season, replaced the sacked Stefano Pioli on Wednesday and immediately steered Bologna to only its second point in five matches.

Lazio, which beat Inter Milan 1-0 in Edy Reja's first match in charge, had the best chance of the match in the 70th minute when talented teen Keita Balde picked out Antonio Candreva but his cross was blasted over the bar by Miroslav Klose from six yards.

"I saw two teams who were both fairly scared," Reja said. "In order to play well you also need to move off the ball and attack the spaces.

"I hoped we'd have been boosted on a psychological level after the victory against Inter. Everyone ran a lot but we have to improve, the squad can give more."

Both sides struggled to carve out opportunities and Bologna's only real chance came following a well-worked team move, but Lazio goalkeeper Etrit Berisha did well to keep out Rolando Bianchi's back-heeled flick.

Lazio did not have a single shot on target in a poor game.

Boos rang out at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara at the end of the match with Bologna fans clearly not happy. An enormous banner hung from the stands read "Enough shameful performances. You are wearing the Bologna shirt."

Bologna moved provisionally two points clear of the relegation zone.