SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 32 - 15 Apr 2018 (19.45 UK)
Lazio 0 - 0 Roma
Stadio Olimpico

Lazio and Roma remain in joint third place after an ill-tempered draw, which saw the Giallorossi hit the woodwork twice and Stefan Radu sent off.

These two city rivals came in locked together in third place, but with very different moods. The Giallorossi were fresh from an historic 3-0 victory over Barcelona, cancelling out the 4-1 first leg deficit and setting up a Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. The Aquile, on the other hand, fumbled a 5-3 aggregate lead to crash out of the Europa League to RB Salzburg on Thursday.

Roma missed Diego Perotti and Gregoire Defrel, with Alessandro Florenzi suffering from flu symptoms, but kept the brand new 3-4-2-1 approach that proved so effective with Barcelona. Simone Inzaghi rested Luis Alberto in favour of Felipe Anderson supporting Capocannoniere Ciro Immobile.

The Lupi had a very high line, leading to some risky early moves for Felipe Anderson and Marco Parolo, while Ciro Immobile was caught inches offside practically at the level of the centre-circle.

When Parolo did burst through, his volley was scuffed, but the first half was primarily made up of offsides and free kicks. Lucas Leiva was fortunate not to receive a second yellow card for his tackle on Edin Dzeko.

Radja Nainggolan’s searching pass released Bruno Peres down the right and his angled drive beat Strakosha only to bounce off the inside of the far post.

Moments later, another dangerous Aleksandar Kolarov ball was rolled across the face of goal, but nobody was able to get the tap-in.

Alisson had some difficulty on a Felipe Anderson corner, which only skimmed Stefan De Vrij’s head.

Roma had appeals for a potential Stefan Radu handling offence, but his sliding block on Kolarov clearly made contact with his leg.

Lazio wasted a golden opportunity with three teammates screaming for the ball, as Senad Lulic couldn’t decide between them and was eventually dispossessed.

Immobile flicked on a cheeky Sergej Milinkovic-Savic assist with the outside of the boot and it flashed across the face of goal. Daniele De Rossi also risked an own goal with his strange interception on a Luis Alberto free kick.

Cengiz Under blasted a half-volley over and Luis Alberto skimmed the upright from the edge of the box, but Lazio went down to 10 men for the final 10 minutes when Radu hauled back Cengiz Under for a second yellow card. It was the 10th red card in the last 10 editions of this fixture.

Yet, the Aquile nearly took the lead moments later, Leiva knocking it down for Marusic and Stephan El Shaarawy making a last-ditch tackle to deflect it wide.

Dzeko had three massive chances in the space of a minute at the 91st, as first his header was acrobatically palmed away by Strakosha, then it came back to him and another looping header bounced off the crossbar from 11 yards and at the third attempt he drilled wide.

With the last kick of the game, Milinkovic-Savic spotted Alisson off his line and the lob from his own half wasn’t far off target.

See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with Eurotips.co.uk


Lazio: Strakosha; Luiz Felipe, De Vrij, Radu; Marusic, Parolo, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic (Lukaku 59); Felipe Anderson (Luis Alberto 59), Immobile (Bastos 83)
Roma: Alisson; Manolas (Florenzi 73), Fazio, Juan Jesus; Bruno Peres (El Shaarawy 81), De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Nainggolan, Schick (Under 55); Dzeko
Ref: Mazzoleni

Sent off: Radu 80 (L)