·7 February 2023
·7 February 2023
Lazio were again left wasteful in possession and were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Hellas Verona.
The Biancocelesti have not started the new year in consistent fashion, slumping to disappointing results against Lecce and Empoli but picking up important wins over Sassuolo and Milan.
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Maurizio Sarri has highlighted how his squad still need to iron out some mentality issues in order to string together a strong bid for a top four finish and he’ll have been left shaking his head in Veneto.
Lazio started the match at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on the front foot and looked the better of the two sides in possession, having a control on proceedings.
The away side took a 1-0 lead just before the half time break, when a quick piece of passing play gave Pedro some space in the penalty area, allowing him to turn and curl a shot into the far corner.
It was a positive first 45 minutes by Maurizio Sarri’s side and the team looked on track to take home all three points, but things quickly started to go wrong in Veneto.
Hellas Verona clawed back an equaliser just six minutes into the second half after a Cyril Ngonge header beat a leaping Ivan Provedel, putting the home side back on level terms.
Lazio tried to push for an equaliser but again struggled to find the right combinations in the final third, limiting them to just 0.94 expected goals across the 90 minutes despite their 64% possession and 460 completed passes.
Hellas Verona held firm and even produced a few moments of their own before the final whistle blew, forcing both sides to share a point after a testing clash.
Sarri will be desperate for Lazio to iron out this inconsistency in the coming games as they look to stay in the thick of the top four race.
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