Despite the championship ramifications of Inter dropping points at home to Palermo and Juventus losing in Genoa to almost completely lose any hope of catching up with Inter, the biggest game in Italy this weekend was played in Rome.
In the 120th version of the Rome derby Lazio dealt a serious blow to AS Roma’s fading Champions League hope with a 4-2 victory in the Stadio Olimpico. Lazio still have UEFA cups aspirations of their own and even though it’s a long shot, a win in the most important game of the year for them could give them the lift they need for the rest of the season.
As usual, il Derby Capitolino provided a heated match in the latest chapter of this fierce and violent rivalry. 6 goals, 7 yellow cards, 3 red cards and 55’000 fans with both teams shooting 40(!!) times at goal in wild 90 minutes shootout.
Lazio opened with a blitz on Doni’s goal and scored twice in the first 4 minutes from Goran Pandev and Mauro Zarate. AS Roma regained their sensed quickly and after a series of corners were able to score from one, Phillipe Mexes being the right man in the right spot.
Lazio scored 13 minutes into the second half courtesy of Stephan Lichtsteiner, and the game which was relatively calm until that point went over the edge. Panucci was sent off (unjustifiably by himself) in the 62 minute, which didn’t disturb Daniele De Rossi from getting one for Roma in the 80th minute to make it 3-2. Mexes and Matuzalem got into a fight of their own and were both sent off in the 80th minute . Aleksandar Kolarov put away any hopes of a draw by scoring in the 85th minute with a clever yet weak ball to Doni’s corner.
Roma are now ranked 6th, 8 points behind 4th placed Genoa and chances look slim. Lazio are ranked 9th, 5 points behind Roma who currently hold the final spot for European qualifying.
Before we give you the video of the goals, here are some stats we found interesting:
- This was the first time 6 goals were scored in a Rome Derby since the 5-1 Roma victory back in March 2002.
- This was the first time Lazio scored 4 goals in a Derby since their 4-1 victory back in January 1998.
- Besides Pandev who netted his 2nd Derby goal, all players scored their first career goal in the Rome Derby.
- Lazio have won the last 3 games with them considered the hosts with an aggregate score of 10-4.