Victor Osimhen’s goal drought extended to four straight games after the lanky attacker missed a penalty and condemned the Serie A champions to a 0-0 draw at Bologna on Sunday.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s deflected cross had struck the arm of substitute Riccardo Calafiori but the resultant penaty was blasted up the sky by Osimhen in the 72nd minute of the encounter.
Osimhen was also unlucky in the first half when his strike hit the inside of the far post, with the aid of a Lukasz Skorupski fingertip.
After a run of two wins, a defeat and two draws, the champions are languishing in seventh place in the standings and trail leaders Inter Milan by seven points. Bologna are 11th with six points.
Napoli manager Rudi Garcia tried to remain positive despite the result.
“The negative element is the result, but the performance was good, especially in the first half,” he told newsmen.
“We had some tactics that worked but are not entirely happy because there is no victory.”
The last time he scored for the Serie A champions was in the 2-0 home win against Sassuolo on August 27.