SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 2 - 1 Sep 2019 (17.00 UK)
Lazio 1 - 1 Roma
Kolarov pen 17 (R), Luis Alberto 58 (L)
Stadio Olimpico

Lazio hit the woodwork four times and had a stoppage-time goal disallowed, but Luis Alberto cancelled out Aleksandar Kolarov’s penalty in a dramatic Derby della Capitale.

The Aquile were favourites going in, having changed little since last season and won their opener 3-0 away to Sampdoria, whereas the Giallorossi were still getting to grips with their Coach Paulo Fonseca and personnel changes, drawing 3-3 with Genoa.

Leonardo Spinazzola and Diego Perotti were out injured, but Davide Zappacosta pulled out with a calf problem in the warm-up, so Alessandro Florenzi scrapped the experiment playing in the supporting trio and returned to right-back. Lucas Leiva returned from injury in place of Marco Parolo.

It was a dramatic start, as after 140 seconds Pau Lopez punched a corner to the edge of the area, where Leiva’s volley smacked the inside of the far post, then Federico Fazio dived in to stop Ciro Immobile meeting the rebound.

Incredibly, Roma also rattled the inside of the upright moments later, as Nicolò Zaniolo turned a midfielder to unleash a daisy-cutter from 20 metres out.

Lazio kept more of the possession, but when Edin Dzeko tried to chip a cross in from the edge of the box, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic had his hand unwisely raised and charged it down for a penalty. Aleksandar Kolarov kept his cool to send Thomas Strakosha the wrong way and give Roma the lead.

Immobile ducked down to get a glancing header on Senad Lulic’s cross, forcing a fingertip save from Pau Lopez, but the parade of uprights continued in a remarkable game.

Milinkovic-Savic flicked on a long ball to send Immobile clear through the middle and his half-volley thumped the top inside corner of the goal, bouncing back out.

Under 30 seconds later as the move continued, Tucu Correa hit the base of the same upright with an angled drive.

At the other end, Gianluca Mancini’s header from a corner was cleared off the line, then Zaniolo was denied by the woodwork for the second time in 27 minutes, his shot from the edge of the box almost perfect.

Luiz Felipe went off with a slight muscular issue, replaced by Bastos. Strakosha fingertipped a long-range Kolarov free kick over the bar in first half stoppages.

Straight after the restart, Zaniolo curled just over the bar, while Manuel Lazzari couldn’t keep his header on target as Stefan Radu’s cross bounced right in front of him.

However, Lazio got their equaliser when Milinkovic-Savic robbed Kolarov and sent Immobile through, but without any room, he pulled back for Luis Alberto to smash between a crowd of bodies from 10 yards.

The Biancocelesti’s tails were up and Luis Alberto curled over the bar, then Correa fired straight at Pau Lopez from point-blank range after a lucky ricochet.

Kolarov bravely charged down a Milinkovic-Savic volley at the back post, while Jony Rodriguez made his debut for Lazio and Zaniolo limped off with cramp.

Lazio seemed the more likely to go on and win, but they hit the woodwork for fourth time – six in total for the game – with substitute Marco Parolo swinging his shot on to the bar from 10 yards at the 86th minute.

The Aquile did have the ball in the net during stoppages with Lazzari, but Jony was offside when he took the ball off Correa and pulled back to 12 yards for the ex-SPAL winger. Correa could’ve made the same pass and Jony should’ve left it.

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Lazio: Strakosha; Luiz Felipe (Bastos 40), Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic (Parolo 70), Leiva, Luis Alberto, Lulic (Jony 77); Correa, Immobile
Roma: Pau Lopez; Florenzi (Diawara 88), Mancini, Fazio, Kolarov; Cristante, Pellegrini; Under (Pastore 67), Zaniolo (Santon 78), Kluivert; Dzeko
Ref: Guida