Roma vs Lazio: Post Match Review
Lazio have drawn both Derbies in Serie A for the first time since 2002/03, when they were respectively playing under Fabio Capello. Despite this the biancocelesti were out played by their opponents in Sundays fixture and the point could be priceless come the end of this Serie A campaign.
Lazio remain seven points clear of Roma who are in fourth place, the biancocelesti have played one game less and will face Hellas Verona on the 5th of February which could increase their foothold in the Champions League spaces in Serie A.
It was an aggressive Roma start, the home side taking the opening chance of the game through Veretout. The Frenchman scuffing his shot wide after a smart lay off from Dzeko on the 6th minute.
On the 21st minute Francesco Acerbi slid in to hook away Santon’s cross which was destined for Edin Dzeko ready to tap in.
Minutes later Bryan Cristante chipped the ball into the box in the direction of Dzeko, it looked as if the delivery would need a simple clearnace, but Thomas Strakosha opted to come for the ball and mistimed his punch, the keeper collided with his own player and Dzeko flicked the ball off the back of his head into an open net. 1-0.
Moments later, it was almost 2-0, as both Cengiz Under and Dzeko attempts were charged down by Lazio who looked desperate in their defending.
On the 34th minute, Lazio were gifted an equaliser thanks to another goalkeeping calamity. This time a corner was nodded on by Santon at the back post, but Pau Lopez punched the ball straight up into the air, the actions of the keeper distracted Smalling on the post allowing the ball to land at the feet of Acerbi to tap in. 1-1.
With one minute on the clock Lorenzo Pellegrini curled a shot from 20 metres around the Lazio defence and onto the post with Strakosha beaten. If the shot would have been inches inside the post it would have given Roma a half-time lead.
Inzaghi opted to replace Luiz Felipe at the half with Patric as the defender had picked up a yellow in the first half. The second half started as the first finished, Leonardo Spinazzola fired the ball across the Lazio defence for Veretout, however the midfielder shot wide from eight yards.
On the 50th minute Roma thought they had a penalty after Cengiz Under got away from the right with a marvellous skill, he then rolled the ball in for Justin Kluivert, who went down in a collision with Patric.
The decision was overturned after the referee viewed his monitor, it was clear to see that Kluivert ran into the back of Patric, no penalty.
Cengiz Under was by far Roma’s liveliest player, on the 81st minute his run forced a block, the ball was followed up by Dzeko however Strokosha denied the striker with an excellent point blank save, albeit was saved by his face.
Roma went close again in the 88th minute, Pellegrini floated in a cross which was met by Dzeko at full stretch, the striker couldn’t generate much power and Strakosha saved.
Roma vs Lazio: Statistical Analysis
Roma dominated the Derby Della Capitale and probably should have walked away with all three points considering the amount of chances they created compared to Lazio.
Paulo Fonseca showed his ability to tactically neutralise Simone Inzaghi’s side, the below image shows the average positioning of his side in the first half. The positioning of Leonardo Spinazzola (37), who played in an advanced role ensured that Lazzari could not get forward to offer his services down the right flank. Whilst Davide Santon (18) hardly ventured over the half way line to ensure that Roma had additional cover down their right hand side, Lazio’s favoured attacking channel.
Looking at the expected goals timeline, Lazio failed to hardly create any chances after scoring in the 34th minute, in fact no Lazio player managed more than a single shot in the Derby.
Considering this information it really seems a strange decision for Inzaghi to remove Luis Alberto on the 50th minute and replace him with Parolo. To make matters worse Joaquin Correa had to come off moments later due to injury, which made Lazio lack a balance.
Roma vs Lazio: Man of the Match
Francesco Acerbi, the defender put in an exceptional performance against Roma and really was one of only a few players who looked up for the game. Of course Acerbi got on the scoresheet to ensure the biancocelesti took a share of the spoils, however it was his defensive work which didn’t go un-noticed.
Acerbi managed to block two shots, which probably would have resulted in a goal, he also made three clearances, two interceptions and was only dribbled past once in the game.