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Lazio, Napoli drop vital points
Lazio snap a four-game losing streak to scrape draw as Napoli are held at home.
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2009 23:31 GMT

Torino beat Lazio's Stefano Mauri in the air [GALLO/GETTY]
Lazio and Napoli dropped points in their pursuit of European qualification places with 1-1 draws in Italy's Serie A on Saturday.

Lazio came from behind to draw with Torino, who remain in the relegation zone, while Napoli were held at home by Bologna.

Napoli are eighth in the standings with 35 points, six points out of the top four.

Lazio are 11th with 32.

Nervous starts

With Lazio winless in their last four matches and Torino having only one win in 12, both teams began nervously.

Aleksandar Kolarov went close after three minutes with a free kick and the Torino defence blocked shots from Goran Pandev and Tommaso Rocchi.

Torino scored in the 36th minute when Ousmane Dabo gave the ball away on the edge of the penalty area and Ignazio Abate beat Fernando Muslera from long range for his first goal of the season.

There was a rare incident in the second half when referee Massimiliano Saccani was hit in the face by a Kolarov shot.

Despite immediately dropping to the ground, the official quickly recovered and finished the match.

Siviglia header

Lazio drew level in the 75th from defender Sebastiano Siviglia's header following good work by Stefano Mauri.

"I've been waiting for a goal like that for a long time,'' Siviglia said.

"That is why I celebrated with the fans. It was a match we didn't deserve to lose. Torino pushed us hard and a draw was fair.''

Marco Di Vaio's 16th goal of the season earned Bologna a draw that kept them five points above relegation zone.

The league's leading scorer took advantage of a number of defensive errors to draw Bologna level.

Earlier winger Cristian Maggio gave Napoli the lead after 20 minutes, firing home from a German Denis cross.

Napoli coach Edy Reja threw on more attacking players as the match continued, but to no avail.

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