Despite dominating from start to finish, Lazio were unable to convert any of their many chances against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League and a 0-0 draw left players and fans alike frustrated.
The capital club were looking for an emphatic result to silence dissenting voices and whispers in the media that coach Vladimir Petkovic is on the way out.
However, a 0-0 draw in Cyprus will have had the opposite effect and Petkovic's side were left to rue the fact that eight shots on target didn't result in a goal.
"It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth because we could've won and sealed qualification," Brazilian midfield star Hernanes told Mediaset Premium after the final whistle.
"We created a lot of chances and we really should have won the game."
One of Lazio's few bright points on the evening was the performance of young prospect Keita Balde Diao.
The 18-year-old was signed from Barcelona's youth side and is best known for a prank he played at the age of 15 which involved putting an ice cube in a teammate's bed while at a tournament in Qatar.
Barcelona reacted harshly to Keita's joke and sent him out on loan to their satellite club Cornelia where he scored 47 times for their youth side.
Keita impressed with his forays down the left flank and showed a huge amount of promise but was unable to find a final product.
Lazio host mid-table Cagliari this weekend and a win is a must for Petkovic if he is to prevent further speculation about his future.
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