Lazio draws at Benevento in a brotherly coaching battle

Benevento Calcio players celebrate the draw, beside the disappointment of Simone Inzaghi SS Lazio coach after the Serie A match between Benevento Calcio and SS Lazio at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on December 15, 2020 in Benevento, Italy.

MILAN -- Lazio was held to a 1-1 draw at Benevento in Serie A on Tuesday in a match between teams coached by brothers.

Benevento is coached by Filippo Inzaghi while the younger Simone Inzaghi is in charge at Lazio.

It was only the second time the two had faced each other as coaches. Simone Inzaghi won the only previous meeting when his Lazio side beat Filippo Inzaghi's Bologna 2-0 in December 2018.

The brothers normally talk every day on the phone.

"Facing him always makes me emotional, it's not a match like all the others," Simone Inzaghi said. "We are adversaries for 90 minutes and then we hug each other."

Lazio, which recently advanced to the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in 20 years, is eighth in Serie A, six points above Benevento.

Lazio had won only one of it past five matches in all competitions and started aggressively as Luis Alberto hit the post before Ciro Immobile fired the capital side in front with a spectacular volley following a cross from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Benevento tested Lazio goalkeeper Pepe Reina and then found the equalizer on the stroke of halftime as a corner eventually came through to Pasquale Schiattarella, who fired in off the post.

Schiattarella was sent off in stoppage time as he was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Lazio forward Joaquin Correa.

Earlier, bottom club Crotone managed a 0-0 draw at Udinese.

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