It had to be a contended derby and so it was. Even though there were doubts and rumours about an alleged combine to draw, both teams have shown otherwise.
Lazio had its faith in their hands – after Napoli’s defeat at Juventus’ stadium last Saturday – a victory would have secured a direct place into the Champions League group phase.
A draw or victory for Roma would have assigned a certain second place in Serie A, a desirable spot due the large income from Champions League’s qualification.
Spectacular staging in Curva Nord, where a gigantic eagle covered the entire Biancocelesti’ sector.
“La sua virtu’ sfida da sola le tenebre”
Curva Sud without choreography due an ongoing protest against the Roma’s chairman, guilty of having insulted club’s fans.
“Oggi nessuna coreografia per la nostra dignità, un vero presidente non insulta la sua gente”
Defensive approach for Roma, while Lazio takes control of the game from the beginning. Worthy to note, only an incredibly chance missed by Klose – whom send wide of the right post a dangerous header – and four yellow cards shown from Rizzoli. Overall Lazio played better with a majority of ball possession, while Roma focused too much to defence, leaving Totti too alone to be able to hurt Lazio’s defenders.
Second half starts slightly better, with Basta that missed the left post from a mid-range rebound.
Lulic risks a red card with a rough challenge but Rizzoli concedes only a free kick for Roma.
To be highlighted the performance of Florenzi and Iturbe, both sensational on their respective wings especially in covering phase.
Roma seemed to find a better and quality football after Totti’s substitution. Subs Ibarbo and Pjanic brought on the field speed and technique. After two goal-scoring opportunity, Ibarbo finds Iturbe which finds the net with a close range. It’s 0:1.
Neither of the teams dominated the match but the last 20 minutes were worthy the ticket price.
Roma can now celebrate this victory and the certain 2nd spot over city-rivals, which are now forced to avoid defeat at Napoli in order to maintain the 3rd position and gain the last Europe’s top club competition spot.