Welcome to the Forza Italian Football live blog, as city rivals Lazio and Roma clash at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A for the first Derby della Capitale of the season.
The Giallorossi come into the match in better form having won all but one of their eight matches under Jose Mourinho in all competitions.
Lazio are still adjusting to coach Maurizio Sarri’s methods and go into the game four points adrift of their bitter rivals.
Serie A LIVE – Lazio v Roma – Final Score
Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri in his post-match press conference: “Changing three or four players at (former club) Juventus led to unaffordable expenses. Here, we have adapted with some suffering, we have managed to find a compromise that has led us to win. I can work well at Lazio.
“I spent a year in the Premier League (with Chelsea) and matches like today come about quite often. In terms of emotion I put it at the very top. I didn’t think playing a derby would give this much adrenaline and satisfaction at winning it.”
Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to DAZN: “We finally had a good match. We played much better than in the previous ones. We needed a victory in the derby to move forward and face the next games. I’ve scored many important goals, but I like to score in the derby, it’s the third time and I’ll try to score more.”
Roma coach Jose Mourinho to DAZN: “Italian football and VAR did not have the capacity for a match of this level. For the second goal, the referee was wrong on the pitch, then the VAR was wrong. This is too much.
“The second yellow card for Lucas Leiva would have been significant, playing against 10 would have been important. There were two situations similar to [Lorenzo] Pellegrini (who was sent off against Udinese for an elbow). He was given a red and today there was nothing.”
— OptaPaolo ? (@OptaPaolo) September 26, 2021
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- José Mourinho is the first AS Roma manager to lose his first Serie A Rome derby since Luis Enrique in 2011.
- Lazio have won 3 of the last 6 Serie A Rome derbies, scoring at least 3 goals in all these 3 wins (D2, L1).
- Pedro is the third player able to score in the Rome derby in Serie A with both clubs, after Arne Selmonsson and Aleksandar Kolarov.
- Lazio have conceded at least one goal in all their first 6 Serie A matches of the season for the first time since 1992/93 (under Dino Zoff).
- Ciro Immobile has provided more than one assist in the same Serie A match for the only 2nd time in his career (the first was back in October 2017 vs Benevento, 3 assists in that case).
- The Rome derby has seen 3 goals in the first half of play for the first time since November 2012.
- Before Roger Ibanez, the last Roma player to score his first Serie A goal in the Rome derby was Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in May 2015.
- Lazio have scored at least 15 goals in their first 6 league games of the season for the first time since the 1992/93 season.
- Roma have hit the woodwork six times so far, more than any other team in the current Serie A.
- Lazio have scored at least 2 goals in the first 20 minutes of play in a Rome derby in Serie A for the first time since April 2009 (Pandev and Zarate in the first 4 minutes).
- The only 3 midfielders with at least 2 goals scored and 2 assists provided in the current Serie A are Jordan Veretout, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Antonio Candreva.
- Jordan Veretout has been directly involved in 5 goals (4 goals and 1 assist) vs Lazio in Serie A, more than any other team in the Italian top flight.
- With this goal, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic overtook Sinisa Mihajlovic and with 39 goals scored become the third top Serbian scorer in the Serie A history (only Ljajic and Stankovic have scored more goals than him).
- Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (after 9′ and 52”) has scored the fastest Lazio goal in a derby v Roma in Serie A since Hernanes in March 2012 (9′ and 11”).
- Milinkovic-Savic played his 200th game in Serie A: in the three points for a win era (since 94/95) he is the only 7th Serbian player to reach this milestone.
- Felipe Anderson has scored his second goal and provided his second assist in a Serie A Rome derby (both the previous goal and assist were back in the January 2015 derby).
Full-time – Lazio 3-2 Roma
It’s all over and Lazio have won the Derby della Capitale! A thrilling encounter didn’t disappoint but it’s the Aquile who get the victory after taking their chances. Roma were the better side after the break but struggled for real opportunities, and are just one point ahead of their rivals.
Minute 90 – Five minutes added on
We’re into stoppage time now and Lazio are just five minutes away from a huge victory.
Minute 87 – Roma pressing for late equaliser
A deep Roma freekick is swung into the box but Smalling and Ibanez get in each other’s way and neither can get a clean connection on the header. Roma are throwing everyone forward now.
Minute 82 – Reina rescues Lazio again
Perez shows quick feet to skip through the midfield and find fellow substitute Shomurodov on the edge of the box, and his curling effort is tipped away by Reina. At the other end, Anderson prods it through for Immobile and he hits the side netting from close range. Half the ground thought it was in.
Minute 73 – Stunning Reina save
Zaniolo is looking back to his best here and steals the ball before playing a quick one-two with Abraham and bursting into the box with a step-over. A vicious strike looks to be heading in but for a fine one-handed stop from Reina to tip it wide.
Minute 68 – GOAL ROMA
It’s given, and Veretout makes no mistake from the spot as he drills into the bottom corner. Reina guesses the right way but can’t reach it. Lazio 3-2 Roma.
Minute 67 – Roma penalty!
The increasingly dangerous Zaniolo races into the box and sees a shot cannon off teammate Abraham, but as the ball comes back to him he goes down and a penalty is given. However, there’s a VAR check on Zaniolo.
Minute 63 – GOAL LAZIO
Just as Roma were pushing for an equaliser, they are undone by a rapid Lazio counter. After soaking up pressure, Luis Alberto sends Immobile in over the top and the striker cuts back before teeing up Anderson for an easy finish. Lazio 3-1 Roma.
Minute 54 – Roma threatening from corners
The Giallorossi have been the better team since the break and have had several corners already, with Ibanez and Veretout coming close. It seems to be Roma’s best way of drawing level at the moment.
Minute 49 – Early Lazio chance
Anderson wins a freekick out wide and after the delivery us flicked on, Immobile meets the ball on the volley but slices inches wide of the far post.
Second half begins
No changes to either side and Roma kick us off for the second half. Will it live up to thrilling opening 45 minutes?
Half-time – Lazio 2-1 Roma
Lazio were in dreamland in the first half of the opening period, with two goals and looking threatening with every counter. Roma grew into it though and were worth their goal late on, just moments after Immobile should have put the game beyond doubt.
Minute 41 – GOAL ROMA
Game on! A Mkhitaryan shot is deflected behind and Roma finally get a corner right, as Veretout’s delivery is flicked in from the head of Ibanez. The Giallorossi have recovered well and deserve that, as they halve the deficit just before the interval. Lazio 2-1 Roma.
Minute 37 – Huge miss
That should be game over, as Lazio rob possession and Anderson plays Immobile through. The striker gets clear in the box but fires into the side netting from close range. At the other end, Abraham backheels to release El Shaarawy but his tame effort is easily stopped.
Minute 33 – Roma growing into it
It has taken almost a quarter of the match but Roma are starting to see some chances, with Vina sending a dangerous low cross in and almost forcing an own goal. They are being let down by a series of woeful set-pieces however.
— OptaPaolo ? (@OptaPaolo) September 26, 2021
Minute 27 – Woodwork!
It has been all Lazio so far but Roma are slowly creeping back in, as Abraham holds the ball up well and rolls it for Veretout to strike. Reina tips it over the bar and from the resulting corner, Zaniolo heads against the post.
Minute 19 – GOAL LAZIO
It had to be that man, Pedro nets against his former club! Roma get the ball forward and Zaniolo has claims for a penalty turned down after being bundled down, but a quick Immobile to break clear and tee up Pedro for a cool finish. Lazio 2-0 Roma.
Minute 16 – Roma chances
Roma are looking to hit back immediately and Karsdorp can’t control a Mkhitaryan cross in the box, whilst Cristante drags a header wide from a corner.
Minute 10 – GOAL LAZIO
Lazio take the lead! Anderson floats a wonderful cross into the box and the unmarked Milinkovic-Savic races into the box to meet the ball with a brave header to put the Aquile in the lead. The goalscorer is caught by Rui Patricio’s arm though and needs medical attention. Lazio 1-0 Roma.
Minute 5 – Tense start
Both sides are looking to get hold of the ball and ease their way into the match, with Roma seeing the greater share of the possession and winning some early freekicks. There is a tense atmosphere at the Olimpico.
Lazio get us underway in the first Derby della Capitale of the season!
Warm ups are completed and the teams have emerged from the tunnel, with kick-off fast approaching.
The two clubs shared the bragging rights last season, with Lazio winning 3-0 in January before Roma secured a 2-0 victory in the corresponding fixture in May. Will there be a winner today?
It’s a warm Sunday afternoon in the Italian capital and the entire city has it’s eyes on this one; the Derby della Capitale. The Stadio Olimpico is already starting to fill as fans prepare for this huge clash.
Serie A LIVE – Lazio v Roma – Official Line-ups
Matias Vina returns from an injury sustained on international duty with Uruguay to take his place in defence for Roma, whilst Stephan El Shaarawy replaces suspended captain Lorenzo Pellegrini. Meanwhile, Lazio forward Pedro faces his former club after his controversial summer switch.
Lazio: Reina; Marusic, Luiz Felipe, Acerbi, Hysaj; Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva, Luis Alberto; Pedro, Immobile, Felipe Anderson.
Roma: Rui Patricio; Karsdorp, Mancini, Ibanez, Vina; Cristante, Veretout; Zaniolo, Mkhitaryan, El Shaarawy; Abraham.
— S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) September 26, 2021
Here’s our derby day XI ?
Matias Vina returns to action, Stephan El Shaarawy is the man to replace the suspended Lorenzo Pellegrini.
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) September 26, 2021
Where can I watch Lazio v Roma in Serie A?
In the UK, BT Sport have the rights to Serie A and will show around 200 games over the course of the season, with this game being shown on BT Sport 1 or on the BT Sport App. Paramount+ hold the rights in the USA, and CBS Sports Network will also be showing it. Meanwhile in Australia, beIN Sports is the official broadcaster.
How to follow Lazio v Roma in the USA LIVE?
If you’re living in the USA, you can view the Lazio v Roma fixture on Paramount+, with the station having signed a deal which gives them a significant portion of Serie A broadcasts for the 2021/22 season.
How to follow Lazio v Roma in the UK LIVE?
If you’re living in the UK, you can view the Lazio v Roma clash on BT Sport 2, with the subscription service having retained the rights to broadcast Serie A in 2021/22.
How to follow Lazio v Roma in Australia LIVE?
Viewers in Australia can watch the Lazio v Roma match on Monday morning on beIN Sports Connect, which is the official broadcaster of the Italian top flight in Australia. You can also get access to Serie A matches on beIN Sports through either Foxtel, Telstra, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports.