Italy round-up: Lazio frustrated at Brescia

S.S. Lazio missed the chance to go top as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Brescia Calcio.

S.S. Lazio missed the opportunity to move to the top of the Serie A table as they were held to a goalless draw at Brescia Calcio in today’s late game.

Important save
Lazio were impressive going forward but strikers Bernardo Corradi and Claudio López were unable to find the finishing touch. In fact, the best chance of the evening fell to the home side ten minutes after the half-time interval, but Lazio goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi saved well from Jonathan Bachini after a clever backheel from Igli Tare had put his strike partner in on goal.

Record stays intact
The Rome club had taken maximum points from their seven away games so far this season, but the draw means that they failed to equal AC Milan's record of eight consecutive away wins, set in 1992/93.

Sunday action
The result moved Lazio into second place in the table, level on points with both Milan and Internazionale FC although both clubs have an extra game to play. Milan visit Bologna FC, while Inter are at home to Modena FC on Sunday. Brescia stay 13th.

Late drama
There was late drama in tonight's early game, as two injury-time goals saw Empoli FC draw 1-1 against Torino Calcio. Torino seemed to have secured a priceless win when they took the lead as Empoli defender Sanchez Emilson Cribari deflected Marco Ferrante's shot into the net in the first minute of added time. However, they were thwarted by a last-gasp equaliser from Tommaso Rocchi which salvaged a draw for the home side.

Missed chances
Rocchi’s goal was the least Empoli deserved, having enjoyed most of the possession in the match but failed to capitalise on the chances they created. Striker Francesco Tavano forced visiting goalkeeper Luca Bucci to make good saves twice in the first 15 minutes, before the same player combined well with midfield player Antonio Busce midway through the second half only to shoot over the bar.

Penalty appeals
Torino might have won a penalty in the 69th minute as Federico Magallanes' strike brushed the arm of Empoli defender Stefano Lucchini, but the referee waved play on. The draw leaves the league table unchanged, with Empoli lying in tenth place while Torino stay 17th, one off the bottom.