Lazio 1-0 Roma: Second half goal from Mattia Zaccagni enough to win Maurizio Sarri’s side bad-tempered Rome derby that sees them climb to second in Serie A
- Matteo Zaccagni’s second half strike against 10-man Roma enough to win game
- Sends Lazio into second with Jose Mourinho’s side lagging behind in fifth
- Race for the Champions League hotting up in Italy with Napoli clear at the top
Lazio needed a second-half goal by Mattia Zaccagni to snatch a 1-0 victory over 10-man AS Roma in their bad-tempered Serie A derby on Sunday and climb into second place, leaving their opponents in fifth.
Roma’s Roger Ibanez was sent off with a second booking in the 32nd minute and there were more red cards, one for each team’s coaching staff, after a dispute on the sideline a little later.
Maurizio Sarri’s men, who also won the derby in the first half of the season, made the advantage count in the 65th minute with Zaccagni slipping through the defence and curling in a low shot.
They briefly thought their lead was short-lived when Lazio’s Nicolo Casale put the ball in his own net two minutes later but it did not count following a VAR review.
Mattia Zaccagni’s second half goal was enough to earn Lazio a 1-0 victory in the Rome derby
The result sees them climb to second in Serie A as they hunt a return to the Champions League
The game was bad-tempered and saw a number of red cards with Roma struggling to maintain their cool
Roma tried to find an equaliser but despite having possession they lacked the final pass and the match ended with Roma’s Bryan Cristante and Lazio’s Adam Marusic also getting red cards after the final whistle following a brief scuffle.
Lazio are second on 52 points, behind runaway leaders Napoli, with Roma in fifth on 47.