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Francesco Acerbi: 149 and out - Lazio defender's Serie A record hopes dashed by red card

Francesco Acerbi (right)
Francesco Acerbi (right) overcame testicular cancer during the 2013-14 season when he was at Sassuolo

Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi's hopes of breaking Javier Zanetti's record of 162 consecutive Serie A appearances were thwarted at Napoli when he was sent off in Sunday's 2-1 defeat.

The 30-year-old's moment of despair came in the 70th minute when he was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Jose Callejon. He will now be suspended for the next game, against leaders Juventus.

The match in Naples was his 149th league game for Lazio, having featured in every one since 18 October 2015. Former midfielder Zanetti played for Inter Milan between 1995 and 2014, setting the current record.

Acerbi later tweeted:external-link "I apologise for leaving my team-mates with 10 men at such a difficult time of the match. The 149 consecutive games played to date must be the starting point to start from."

Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi said the defender should not have been dismissed.

"I'm sorry because we were back to 2-1 and there were 25 minutes left," said the former Italy striker. "Acerbi clearly took the ball, then maybe even the opponent. They are the sort of episodes which have gone against us recently."

Ciro Immobile's 65th-minute strike had given the visitors hope after Callejon's opener and Arkadiusz Milik's brilliant free-kick put second-placed Napoli 2-0 up. Lazio kept pressing after Acerbi saw red, but could not break through for a second time.

Napoli have 47 points from 20 games, six behind leaders Juventus, who play Chievo at home on Monday. Inter are in third place with 40 points, with Lazio fifth on 32 points.

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 1Meret
  • 2Malcuit
  • 33Albiol
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 6Mário Rui
  • 7CallejónSubstituted forHysajat 88'minutes
  • 8Ruiz
  • 42DiawaraSubstituted forVerdiat 72'minutes
  • 20ZielinskiBooked at 88mins
  • 14MertensSubstituted forOunasat 82'minutes
  • 99Milik

Substitutes

  • 9Verdi
  • 11Ounas
  • 13Luperto
  • 23Hysaj
  • 25Ospina
  • 27Karnezis
  • 30Rog
  • 31Ghoulam

Lazio

  • 1Strakosha
  • 3Ramos MarchiSubstituted forJacinto Quissangaat 28'minutes
  • 33AcerbiBooked at 70mins
  • 26Radu
  • 19LulicBooked at 90mins
  • 16Parolo
  • 6Leiva
  • 21Milinkovic-SavicBooked at 20minsSubstituted forGabarrón Gilat 73'minutes
  • 5J LukakuSubstituted forCorreaat 45'minutes
  • 10Romero AlconchelBooked at 87mins
  • 17Immobile

Substitutes

  • 4Gabarrón Gil
  • 7Berisha
  • 11Correa
  • 13Fortuna dos Santos
  • 14Durmisi
  • 15Jacinto Quissanga
  • 20Caicedo
  • 23Guerrieri
  • 24Proto
  • 25Badelj
  • 30Neto
  • 32Cataldi
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
19,448

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamLazio
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home21
Away18
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 2, Lazio 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 2, Lazio 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Kevin Malcuit (Napoli) because of an injury.

  5. Booking

    Senad Lulic (Lazio) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Simone Verdi.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luis Alberto (Lazio) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luis Alberto (Lazio) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Raúl Albiol (Napoli).

  10. Post update

    Joaquín Correa (Lazio) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Booking

    Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mário Rui (Napoli).

  13. Post update

    Lucas Leiva (Lazio) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Elseid Hysaj replaces José Callejón.

  15. Booking

    Luis Alberto (Lazio) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fabián Ruiz (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Bastos.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Marco Parolo.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Ounas (Napoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mário Rui with a cross.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 20th January 2019

  • NapoliNapoli2LazioLazio1
  • FrosinoneFrosinone0AtalantaAtalanta5
  • FiorentinaFiorentina3SampdoriaSampdoria3
  • SPALSPAL1BolognaBologna1
  • CagliariCagliari2EmpoliEmpoli2

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus19172038112753
2Napoli20152339182147
3Inter Milan20124431141740
4Roma2096537261133
5Lazio209562923632
6AC Milan198742620631
7Atalanta2094744271731
8Sampdoria208663526930
9Parma208481924-528
10Fiorentina206952821727
11Torino206952622427
12Sassuolo206863032-226
13Cagliari204971927-821
14Genoa195592535-1020
15Udinese2046101725-818
16SPAL2046101628-1218
17Empoli2045112439-1517
18Bologna2028101630-1414
19Frosinone2017121242-3010
20Chievo1918101435-218
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