Napoli were held to a goalless draw against AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico, which also ended their winning streak in Serie A.
It turned out to be an even contest as both teams had a fair share of chances but none could find the back of the nets.
The most dramatic thing that happened in the game was the sending off of both managers Jose Mourinho and Luciano Spalletti for dissent.
The draw leaves Giallorossi winless in their last three games across all competitions, while Napoli remain at the top of the Serie A table with 25 points.
Napoli’s winning run in Serie A comes to an end.
Napoli looked to have embarked on a dream run in Serie A this season after winning all of their eight games so far. The Partenopei were seen as the favourites due to their impressive form coupled with Roma’s struggles of late. However, the visitors managed to pick up just a point after what it panned out as a not-so vibrant display from them at Stadio Olimpico. Victor Osimhen, Napoli’s top scorer this season, hit the woodwork once and also had a goal ruled out offside in the second half. Nonetheless, Luciano Spalletti’s side remains at the top of the Serie A table with 25 points.
Mourinho is winless in the last three games.
Jose Mourinho has had a dream start to his life at AS Roma after some successful results in the opening games. But Giallarossi’s struggles in recent weeks have put the Portuguese manager under scrutiny. Firstly, Roma suffered a narrow defeat to Juventus in Serie A before biting the dust against Norwegian minnows Bodo/Glimt in Conference league – the game that saw Mourinho concede six or more goals for the first time in his career. Today’s draw against Napoli has added further pressure on the Portuguese manager, who was also sent off for dissent during the game.
Mourinho and Spalletti receive red cards for dissent
While the game might have failed to bring a huge excitement, the drama on the sidelines was quite interesting. Mourinho saw a yellow card early in the game before he was sent off in the second half for his dissent, as he had cut a frustrated figure after the foul against Nicolo Zaniolo went unnoticed. Spalletti received a hostile reception from Roma fans despite the fact he was their former manager. He appeared to have directed an insult at the referee after the final whistle for which he received a red card.