Milinkovic-Savic, Pedro and Felipe Anderson the signatures on the derby, Ibanez and Veretout for the Giallorossi
Lazio won the derby by beating Roma 3-2 at the Olimpico in a game full of emotions. The domination of Sarri’s team in the first twenty minutes led to the goals of Milinkovic-Savic at 10 ‘and of the ex Pedro al 19′, ma Ibanez he shortened the lead distances in the 41st minute. In the recovery Felipe Anderson in the 63rd minute he slipped the trio on the counterattack on an assist from Immobile, effectively making the net on useless Veretout’s rigor five minutes later.
An exciting match, full of competitive spirit and determination on both sides and a setting worthy of the best derby in Rome. Sarri’s Lazio beat Mourinho’s Roma 3-2 playing a vigorous game, dominating the contest in the first twenty minutes and laying the foundations for the conquest of the three points, defended in the second half by the Giallorossi assaults. Alternating the low defense to take advantage of the spaces behind the Roma defense in phases of high pressure, the biancocelesti have beaten Rui Patricio three times, going close to poker several times rather than suffering the opponent’s comeback.
The adrenaline from the challenge made up for some obvious physical difficulties for both teams, but Lazio’s approach to the match was practically perfect. After ten minutes came the episode that unlocked the match with the perfect assist from Felipe Anderson to reward the inclusion of Milinkovic-Savic among the central Roma, brave and brave to anticipate Rui Patricio outgoing also suffering a hard blow to the face. Not only that, once Lazio was able to attract the Giallorossi – at a rather slow pace – into their network, hitting them with another restart at 20 ‘orchestrated by Immobile in depth and sublimated by the right of first intention of the former of the day Pedro all’angolino. With the double advantage, Sarri’s team took a breath, leaving the field to Roma, but the danger for Mourinho’s team came all from corner situations: first Cristante touched the goal anticipating everyone, then Zaniolo hit a sensational post from a few steps and finally, on the third attempt, Ibanez shortened the lead distances.
In the second half the script did not change, albeit played at a slower speed. With the ball in the hands of Roma, Lazio tried to take advantage of the open field with insightful restarts. Immobile came close to scoring after a few minutes on the bank of Milinkovic-Savic, with the same striker who shortly after tried unsuccessfully a shot at the far post. In the 63rd minute, however, the national team’s striker ran away from Mancini for the umpteenth time in depth on an assist from Luis Alberto and once in front of Rui Patricio he had the clarity to serve Felipe Anderson the assist for the 3-1. Under two goals it was Zaniolo who emotionally took Roma in hand, giving a jolt of nerves on the pitch and winning the penalty then transformed by Veretout, but also making Reina fly shortly after with a powerful and precise action. Mkhitaryan and Shomurodov then worried the Spaniard, but without hitting the jackpot that ended up in Sarri’s hands.
Pedro 7 – He wrote the history of the derby by becoming the third player to score with both shirts. His game exudes a desire for revenge on the recent past and the ability to affect the attack, but also with great sacrifice in the defensive phase.
Felipe Anderson 7.5 – Illuminates the challenge with his snatches and plays, unlocking it thanks to an assist to the kiss for the advantage of Milinkovic-Savic. In the second half he gladly takes Immobile’s gift to score in first person.
Immobile 7,5 – Two assists are his signature in the match. In depth he is impregnable, but for once he prefers to serve his teammates rather than finish in first person and the result is decisive.
Abraham 5 – Surrounded by the opponents’ shirts he has a difficult evening, but also with a disconsolate attitude from the first minutes that does not help. He practically never takes it.
Mancini 4,5 – Difficult race often spent chasing the opponent in the open field without almost ever being able to catch him. He shows limits in this type of situation and in his parts Lazio break through too easily.
Zaniolo 6.5 – Confusing and not very precise, but it is certainly the soul of Rome. His emotional and technical shocks on the pitch that keep the Giallorossi in play, hitting a post in the first half and winning a penalty in the second half.
Lazio (4-3-3): Reina 6.5; Marusic 6, Luiz Felipe 6.5, Acerbi 6, Hysaj 6; Milinkovic-Savic 6.5, Leiva 5.5 (15 ‘st Cataldi 6), Luis Alberto 6.5 (21’ st Akpa Akpro 5.5); Anderson 7.5, Immobile 7.5 (44 ‘st Muriqi sv), Pedro 7. Available: Strakosha, Adamonis, Lazzari, Patric, Akpa Akpro, Moro, Radu, Basic, Escalante, Romero. All .: Sarri 6.5.
Roma (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio 5; Karsdorp 6 (37’st Zalewski sv), Mancini 4.5, Ibanez 6.5, Vina 5.5 (37’st Smalling sv); Cristante 6, Veretotut 6.5; Zaniolo 6.5 (31’st Perez 6), Mkhitaryan 5.5, El Shaarawy 5 (19’st Shomurodov 6); Abraham 5. Available: Fuzato, Boer, Kumbulla, Calafiori, Reynolds, Diawara, Villar, Darboe, Mayoral. All .: Mourinho 5.5.
Markers: 10′ Milinkovic-Savic (L), 19′ Pedro (L), 41′ Ibanez (R), 18′ st Anderson (L), 24′ st rig. Veretout (R)
Ammonites: Leiva, Cataldi (L); Rui Patricio, Cristante, Vina, Veretout (R)
• José Mourinho is the first Roma manager to lose his first Serie A derby on the Giallorossi bench by Luis Enrique in 2011.
• Lazio have won three of their last Serie A derbies against Roma, scoring three goals in each of those victories (2N, 1P).
• Pedro becomes the third player in history to score in a derby between Roma and Lazio in Serie A with both jerseys, after Arne Selmonsson and Aleksandar Kolarov.
• This is only the second time in Serie A that Ciro Immobile has provided more than one assist in the same match (the previous one against Benevento, 3 assists, in October 2017).
• Lazio have conceded at least one goal in each of their first six Serie A games for the first time since the 1992/93 season (with Zoff on the bench).
• It was since November 2012 that the Rome derby had not seen at least three goals in the first half in Serie A.
• Before Roger Ibanez, the last Roma player to score his first Serie A goal in a derby in the capital was Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in May 2015.
• It was since the 1992/93 season that Lazio had not scored at least 15 goals in their first 6 league games.
• Six woods hit by Roma so far, more than any other team in this Serie A.
• It was since April 2009 (Pandev and Zarate in the first 4 minutes) that Lazio had not scored at least 2 goals in the first 20 minutes in a Roma derby in Serie A.
• The only 3 midfielders with at least 2 goals scored and 2 assists already provided in this league are Jordan Veretout, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Antonio Candreva.
• Lazio today become the team against which Jordan Veretout has participated in the most goals in Serie A (5 appearances, thanks to 4 goals and an assist).
• With this goal Sergej Milinkovic-Savic overtook Mihajlovic and with 39 goals took him to third place alone among Serbia’s top scorers in Serie A history (only Ljajic and Stankovic are up front).
• Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (after 9 ‘and 52’ ‘) scored Lazio’s fastest goal in a Roma derby in Serie A since that of Hernanes in March 2012 (9’ and 11 ”).
• 200th appearance for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in Serie A, he is the seventh Serbian to cross this milestone in the era of 3 points per victory (since 94/95).
• Felipe Anderson’s only previous assists and goals in a Roma derby in Serie A were in January 2015 (goals and assists for Mauri in that case).