A superb strike from Hernanes and a second half penalty from Francesco Totti meant Lazio and Roma drew 1-1 in the Derby della Capitale.
In an eventful match at Stadio Olimpico, the Brazilian playmaker missed his own spot kick and Giuseppe Biava was sent off for the Aguile.
Miroslav Klose started for the first time since his injury lay-off, leading the line for the Biancocelesti. Ederson however, was not so lucky, ceding his place in the starting XI to Cristian Ledesma after picking up a knock.
For the Giallorossi, Erik Lamela and Totti were the forward pairing after Pablo Osvaldo’s suspension and Marquinho lined up at full-back following Federico Balzaretti’s spell on the sidelines.
Both sides went into the game looking for the three points that would maintain their European ambitions. Aurelio Andreazzoli’s team could go level on points with their rivals with a win – Vladimir Petkovic’s men could leap to fourth with victory.
A frantic first few minutes saw a host of rash challenges and some breathless play, but other than a weak Lamela header, neither team really created any clear-cut opportunities.
Antonio Candreva forced a good save from Maarten Stekelenburg on 11 minutes, but just moments later the Aguile broke the deadlock.
Hernanes, following a counter-attack from a Roma corner, struck a sweet effort from 25 yards, and watched as his shot flew past the Dutch goalkeeper and into the top corner.
The away side for the night were enjoying the majority of possession, and were looking exceptionally dangerous going forward. The bombastic runs of Candreva and Senad Lulic were creating acres of space for the likes of Hernanes, and were it not for a great save from Stekelenburg afer Lulic’s near-post effort, they could have doubled their lead.
A late surge from the Lupi put Lazio briefly on the back foot, but they never threatened Federico Marchetti’s goal and went into the break a goal down.
After the interval the match continued in much the same vein as the first half. Petkovic’s team were dominating the ball and they made it count on 49 minutes. A cross from Candreva was handled by Marquinhos inside the area, with the referee given no choice but to point to the spot.
Unfortunately for the Biancocelesti though, Hernanes couldn’t double his account for the evening, as he curled it wide of the post.
That miss lifted the Giallorossi supporters and within minutes, they had a spot kick of their own. Hernanes tripped Miralem Pjanic, and Totti was there to hit home from 18 yards for the equaliser.
Momentum then swung into the home team’s favour – Lamela had an effort pushed wide, Totti saw his free kick palmed away and Alessandro Florenzi couldn’t beat Marchetti with low drive.
It was truly breathless stuff, and it got even better for Andreazzoli’s boys when Biava was given his marching orders on 69 minutes for a second yellow card.
For all their time on the ball and opportunities at goal though, Roma couldn’t find the back of the net. And it was Lamela who had the most guilt-edge of those chances, as he headed Totti’s cross over the bar from no more than two yards out to ensure a share of the points.
Missed penalty: Hernanes 49 (L)
Red card: Biava 69 (L)