Lazio 1-4 Roma: Giallorossi demolish Biancocelesti in dominant derby display
Roma defeated Lazio 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in the Derby della Capitale on Sunday afternoon and maintained their good run of form under Luciano Spalletti in Serie A.
Stephan El Shaarawy scored first for the Giallorossi before Edin Dzeko netted their second after the break. Marco Parolo scored a consolation goal before Alessandro Florenzi and Diego Perotti sealed the win near the end.
Although Lazio had possession in patches, Roma dictated the play in the first half. The Giallorossi opened the scoring after 15 minutes, when Lucas Digne crossed from the left and then El Shaarawy leaped into the air to head the ball down into the bottom right corner.
Radja Nainggolan took a shot from long range which flew over the bar and then El Shaarawy tested Federico Marchetti from distance but the Lazio goalkeeper saved the attempt.
Lucas Biglia curled a free-kick for Lazio over the bar but Roma had opportunities to extend their lead, when Miralem Pjanic curled a shot that hit the post and then Florenzi put the rebound over the bar. Nainggolan went for a solo run and his shot just went wide.
Early in the second half, Digne had a cross-shot punched away by Marchetti but then the Aquile started to create chances. Antonio Candreva went for a solo run and his shot went wide, Biglia had a free-kick headed away by Antonio Rudiger and Parolo missed the target with an effort of his own.
Dzeko replaced El Shaarawy and he made it 2-0 after 64 minutes when he tapped in the rebound from Perotti’s long-range shot. Lazio thought that they had a penalty when Kostas Manolas brought down Keita Balde Diao but the Greek got the ball first. They did pull a goal back after Miroslav Klose knocked Keita Balde’s cross down for Parolo to slid in and score in the 74th minute.
Roma made it 3-1 after 82 minutes when Florenzi had hit a volley that bounced into the bottom left corner and five minutes later it was four when Perotti was given space to run and beat Marchetti from just outside the penalty box. Lazio defender Wesley Hoedt was red-carded after a foul on Florenzi.