By Joe Avicolli
Roma have bounced back from their poor loss to Inter last weekend after earning a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over arch rivals Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
The Giallorossi managed to follow up on their successful 3-2 Champions League win against Bayer Leverkusen during the week by besting the Biancocelesti in the heated Derby della Capitale clash with a comfortable result, though they failed to deliver a fully dominant performance. Aside from their two goals, Rudi Garcia’s men pretty much equaled their opponents in most other aspects of play, with Stefano Pioli’s men even having an advantage when it came to passing. Despite a generally average performance, the Lupi still made the most of their scoring opportunities and ended up with the three points ahead of the international break.
Edin Dzeko opened up scoring in the 10th minute through a penalty goal, with Lazio defender Santiago Gentiletti committing the foul inside the box that led to the penalty being awarded. The Giallorossi would end up doubling their lead over the Aquilotti in the 62nd minute with an impressive goal from Gervinho, who made a strong run and converted a great pass from Radja Nainggolan into the game-winning goal. According to LegaSerieA.it, Roma and Lazio had a virtually equal amount of possession throughout the 90 minutes of the game with 50% each. The Biancocelesti slightly led the Lupi in passing success as they had a pass completion rate of 73% compared to Roma’s pass success rate of 69%. Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia has most passes in the game with a total of 69, including one key pass, and a passing accuracy of around 83%, while the Giallorossi player closest to him was Antonio Rudiger, who made a total of 41 passes with a passing accuracy of around 71%.
Reports from WhoScored.com show that Roma took a total of 14 shots, with just two of their shots landing on target, while Lazio took a total of seven shots with only two landing on goal as well. Edin Dzeko had the most individual shots in the game with a total of four, though just one landed on its target. Biancocelesti midfielder Lucas Biglia had the most touches in the game with a total of 84, while Wojciech Szczesny was the Roma player closest to him with a total of 51. Radja Nainggolan won the most balls throughout the game with six, while Lazio forward Felipe Anderson lost the most with six as well. Stefano Pioli’s men earned a few more corners than Garcia’s men, as they were awarded six compared to Roma’s two. Both clubs favored their right wing when it came to launching attacking plays, with Roma making 48% of their offensive maneuvers down the right side and Lazio making 46% of their attacking plays down the same side. WhoScored.com named Roma forward Gervinho as man of the match with a rating of 8.6 due to his game-winning goal and attacking prowess throughout the intense derby battle.
Following the international break, Roma’s next challenge will be an away match against Bologna on November 21.