Roma defeated Lazio in the Derby della Capitale in front of 60,000 fans cheering for the convincing win.
Di Francesco’s men mastered a match with tactical wisdom and mental strength. 75 minutes of domination on the field. A Roma with an approach very similar to that showed off against Chelsea. A midfield line led by a recovered Radja Nainggolan who compacted his teammates keeping the lines very tight.
Lazio suffered Roma’s solid presence on the field. Alisson didn’t touch a ball for the whole match and suffered a goal on a penalty kick served by Manolas on a gold tray. The Greek defender touched the ball with his left arm to redirect the ball away from the net. The referee, Rocchi, conceded a just penalty after having checked the VAR.
Marvelous performance for the Lupi that dominated the scene demonstrating their ability to adapt to different tactical schemes and opponents. A second half made of tremendous competitive nastiness and in which Kolarov, Perotti, Nainggolan, and Dzeko dragged the giallorossi to the win.
Diego Perotti scored the opener after a great intrusion of Kolarov who was knocked down within the box. The Argentine showed off his cold blood and after a slow run kicked the ball into the net.
Lazio suffered the shock and conceded even more to Roma. The Lupi doubled the lead with Nainggolan’s great shot from outside the box. The Belgian stabbed Strakosha on his right side.
Simone Inzaghi changed the tactical approach of his squad to push his men higher. His 3-4-1-2 created a few troubles to Roma albeit the Lupi never conceded a shot on target. The baincoazzurri pushed from the left side with a convincing Lukaku. The Belgian left-back outperformed a tired Florenzi since his entry to the field.
The end of the game was just a formality. Roma kept the possession of the ball and collected three deserved points after 6 minutes of added time.
Di Francesco mastered his first derby as a coach and sees the top of the standing closer.