Lazio 1-1 Roma: Luis Alberto’s second half strike enough to earn Lazio a point


Lazio 1-1 Roma: Luis Alberto’s second half strike is enough to earn Lazio a share of the spoils in tense Rome derby

  • Aleksandar Kolarav gave Roma the lead with a penalty after 17 minutes 
  • The woodwork was rattled five times in what was a captivating first half
  • Lazio got a well-earned point after Luis Alberto scored a second half leveller
  • Chris Smalling was an unused sub following the defender’s loan move to Roma 

Luis Alberto’s second-half equaliser earned Lazio a 1-1 draw with AS Roma in a fast and furious Rome derby in Serie A on Sunday.

Aleksandar Kolarov’s 17th-minute penalty put Roma ahead amid a flurry of chances with Lazio hitting the post three times and Roma twice inside the opening half hour.

Simone Inzaghi’s side looked the more threatening and levelled on the hour mark through Alberto’s strike.

Lazio's Luis Alberto scored a second half equaliser to earn Lazio a point in a feisty Rome derby

Lazio’s Luis Alberto scored a second half equaliser to earn Lazio a point in a feisty Rome derby

Luis Alberto puts his finger to his lip to silence Roma's fans after he grabbed an equaliser

Luis Alberto puts his finger to his lip to silence Roma’s fans after he grabbed an equaliser

But they were denied by the frame of the goal again when substitute Marco Parolo hit the crossbar late on, before Manuel Lazzari thought he’d scored the winner in stoppage-time, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside in the build-up. 

Roma opted to leave new signing Chris Smalling on the bench for Sunday’s game, after the Englishman joined the Italian side on loan from Manchester United. He remained an unused substitute.  

“It was a spectacular Rome Derby,” Roma coach Paulo Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.

“Coaches always lose a few years of life during games like this, but this was an anthem for football to those who love the sport.

The Rome Derby saw an entertaining opening half an hour, as the woodwork was hit five times

The Rome Derby saw an entertaining opening half an hour, as the woodwork was hit five times 

Former Manchester City defender Aleksander Kolarov opened the scoring from the spot

Former Manchester City defender Aleksander Kolarov opened the scoring from the spot

Kolarov celebrates after putting his side ahead at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome

Kolarov celebrates after putting his side ahead at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome

Fonseca’s counterpart Simone Inzaghi wasn’t quite as upbeat after seeing his side squander golden opportunities to take all three points. “Considering the game overall, there is real regret and disappointment, because we had 21 shots on goal and hit the woodwork four times,” he said.

“There are inevitably regrets, because we had so many chances and you have to win games like that.”

The fixture, one of Italy’s most ferocious rivalries, had never been held in the opening two weeks of the season before and the sides came into the game in contrasting spirits after Lazio comfortably beat Sampdoria 3-0 and Roma were held to a 3-3 draw by Genoa.

Lazio's Joaquin Correa tries to evade pressure from Roma defender Bryan Cristante

Lazio’s Joaquin Correa tries to evade pressure from Roma defender Bryan Cristante

Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva’s volley came back off the post after three minutes before Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo struck a shot off the upright.

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