Rome - Roma and Lazio settled for a 1-1 draw in Sunday's Rome derby in a
dramatic Serie A encounter that saw both teams denied a total of six
times by the woodwork and Lazio denied a stoppage time winner.
Aleksandar Kolarov put Roma ahead in the 17th minute against the run
of play with a well-taken penalty at a colourful Stadio Olimpico, but
Luis Alberto grabbed the equaliser just before the hour mark to leave
Paulo Fonseca without a win as new Roma boss.
Lazio missed several chances to seal a second win from their two
opening games, hitting the woodwork four times with Roma rattling the
frame of the goal twice. The hosts' biggest regret was Manuel Lazzari's
92nd-minute strike being ruled out for offside.
"There's a bit of bitterness. We had 21 shots on goal, hit the
woodwork four times and a goal ruled out," said Lazio coach Simone
"We had so many chances and you have to win games like that."
Lazio are second in the Serie A table behind champions Juventus, who
are on maximum points following their thrilling 4-3 win over Napoli on
Saturday, while Roma languish in mid-table after two straight draws.
"We offered an extraordinary show for the public, and a great thrill for me as a coach, at my first Rome derby," said Fonseca.
"They created so many scoring opportunities, buts it's difficult to play against a team like Lazio that presses in every area."
The derby took place amid heightened security after the murder of
former Lazio ultras chiefs Fabrizio Piscitelli, nicknamed "Diabolik",
who was shot dead in the capital last month.
Piscitelli was for almost 30 years the boss of Lazio's hardcore
Irriducibili ("Die Hards") fan group, which is notorious for its
Lazio fans unfurled a banner in his honour before the match with "Rest in peace Fabrizio".
Roma took the early lead after Edin Dzeko pressured Sergej Milinkovic-Savic into a handball, with the referee pointing to the spot.
Lazio's Lucas Leiva, Ciro Immobile, Tucu Correa and Marco Parolo all
hit the woodwork, while Roma's Nicolo Zaniolo was denied by the post
twice in the first half hour.
New Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez also proved decisive, diving to deny an
Immobile header before the break and Joaquin Correa from close range in
the second half.
However Alberto found a way through after 58 minutes following good
work from both Milinkovic-Savic and Immobile to salvage a deserved