Sunday January 20 2019
Acerbi won't beat Zanetti record

Francesco Acerbi’s red card against Napoli this evening means the Lazio defender won’t be able to break Javier Zanetti’s appearance record.

The centre-back received a second booking at the Stadio San Paolo, meaning he will be suspended for next week’s clash with Juventus.

Above all, it means Acerbi will be forced to sit out a competitive match for the first time since October 18, 2015.

He played 148 in a row without leaving the pitch at any point, which includes 126 Serie A starts on the trot between Sassuolo and Lazio.

This would’ve been his 149th if he had seen it through to the final whistle.

Acerbi’s last missed match was Sassuolo’s 1-0 defeat to Empoli on October 4, 2015. 

Zanetti played 162 competitive matches in a row for Inter and that record looks as if it’ll remain for a long time yet.

Acerbi’s achievement has nonetheless been extraordinary, especially as before that run began, he beat cancer twice.