Both Lazio and Roma wasted golden opportunities in this Derby della Capitale stalemate.
The Giallorossi were having an almost-perfect season with just one defeat so far, whereas the Aquile had sacked Vladimir Petkovic over Christmas. The tension of losing Hernanes to Inter was swept away by a convincing victory at Chievo, which confirmed Keita Balde Diao’s remarkable talent. With Lucas Biglia suspended, Ederson and Helder Postiga injured, Edy Reja mirrored Roma’s 4-3-3 system with Senad Lulic in midfield. Miralem Pjanic and Alessandro Florenzi started ahead of Radja Nainggolan and Adem Ljajic.
Stefano Mauri was available again for the first time since the Coppa Italia Final victory over Roma on May 26 2013, as his ban in a betting scandal expired this week.
Morgan De Sanctis flapped a dangerous cross off the head of Miroslav Klose and Florenzi’s volley was just off target. Douglas Maicon allowed a cross through and Mehdi Benatia had to charge down Klose’s effort.
Gervinho thought he had opened the scoring, but his goal was correctly ruled offside when pouncing on a Berisha save from Maicon.
Berisha got down well to smother an audacious Francesco Totti volley and Alvaro Gonzalez blasted over the bar.
Pjanic should’ve opened the scoring on 38 minutes when he sprung the offside trap on a Maicon through ball to get between centre-backs, but his first touch let him down. Moments later Gervinho curled off target in another move sparked by Maicon, while Totti’s screamer was slightly high and wide.
Mauri made his comeback in place of Keita, his first game since beating Roma in the Coppa Italia Final last May.
Pjanic skimmed the base of the upright on a Totti assist, then the captain blasted just over again as the Giallorossi were dominating.
Michel Bastos made his Serie A debut and Andre Dias clattered into De Sanctis when trying to get on the end of a Candreva cross.
Eddy Onazi horribly wasted a counter-attack from a Roma corner, his pass for Klose intercepted by Vasilis Torosidis when it was two-against-one.
Michel Bastos made his Roma debut and almost scored, but his shot at the near post was deflected on to the side-netting by Abdoulay Konko. Moments later the Brazilian burst down the left only to misplace his pass with Gervinho and Mattia Destro waiting.