ROMA – In the end it is delirium Lazio. Sarri takes the first derby of the capital by beating Mourinho and his Roma for 3-2. A result resulting from a fun and exciting match, always in the balance until the end that the Biancocelesti won thanks to greater cynicism and the lethal effectiveness of the two external players. Pedro and Felipe Anderson, match scorers along with Milinkovic-Savic. Rome pays dearly for a terrifying first half hour and the black day of some of its protagonists, El Shaarawy and Abraham in the first place. On the other hand, the match of Zaniolo, by far the best among the Giallorossi. Furious Mourinho with the Referee Guide for some referee choices made during the first half. In the end, however, to take the 155° derby Lazio is winning three vital points to relaunch after a black period marked by two draws and a defeat. For Roma it is instead the second setback after the knockout of Verona (always for 3-2).
The choices of Sarri and Mourinho
Sarri focuses on former Pedro and Felipe Anderson behind captain Immobile. In midfield there is the confirmation of Leiva in the median area. In defense there are Acerbi and Luiz Felipe in the center with Marusic preferred to Lazzari on the right. Mourinho has to do without the suspended Pellegrini and focuses on El Shaarawy from the first minute with Mkhitaryan ready to act behind Abraham. In defense Vina returns in place of Calafiori.
A great start for Lazio
Great intensity on the pitch in the first few minutes. Lazio holds the game in hand, maneuvers and tries to verticalize by pressing across the board but the Giallorossi defense covers everything in order. At 10 ‘ Lazio passes with Milinkovic-Savic who makes the most of Felipe Anderson’s perfect assist from the right with a great header. The Serbian anticipates Rui Patricio but is very hard against him and remains on the ground for a few minutes. Roma tries to react with a raid by Karsdorp and a header by Cristante but they are two isolated flames. Lazio continues to manage a game played at a thousand per hour and at 19 ‘manages to double. The action starts from the bianceceleste area with a contact between Zaniolo and Hysaj considered regular by the Guida referee. Lazio starts fast on the counterattack with Immobile fishing Pedro free at the edge of the area: the Spaniard’s low shot is perfect and leaves no chance for Rui Patricio. That of the former Roma is the 3rd goal scored in Serie A by a player who wore both jerseys of the capital after Selmonsson and Kolarov. The double disadvantage shakes Roma who finally sees themselves in the 26th minute with a stone from the edge of Veretout deflected as a champion by Reina in a corner. On the developments of the corner it is Zaniolo who with his head devours Hysaj but finds the post to tell him no. Roma suffers a lot on the left axis where El Shaarawy and Vina are in constant difficulty against the resourcefulness of Felipe Anderson. At 37 ‘unfortunate mistake by Mkhitaryan in midfield that allows a quick restart to the opponents: Felipe Anderson finds free Immobile that from a good position – but unbalanced by Mancini – kicks to the side. The last minutes of the first half, however, saw Lazio get too low and Roma push on the accelerator. The Giallorossi forcing is rewarded in the 41st minute a header from Ibanez on the developments of a corner he finds the 2-1 goal that reopens the derby. We go to rest in this way with a dominating Lazio in the first half hour and an arrembante Roma in the final quarter of an hour.
How many emotions in the recovery
The recovery starts with one sensational goal ball for Immobile who, on an assist from Milinkovic-Savic, hits from the left on the fly but fails to aim. Roma’s response comes shortly after with a header from Ibanez with the ball out of the way. It is played at a slower pace than in the first half and travels on an almost total balance. Immobile he wastes a conclusion from the edge but shortly after is forgiven with interest. We are at 62 ‘when Ciro starts on the counterattack stealing meters from Mancini. In the Giallorossi area the bomber is very lucid in seeing free Felipe Anderson and in serving him for the easiest of goals. It is the 3-1 that brings the hosts back by two goals. Mourinho tries to insert Shomurodov for the impalpable El Shaarawy, Sarri leverages Luis Alberto to insert Akpa Akpro. The game remains vibrant and three minutes later it turns on again. The possessed Zaniolo (by far the best of his) gets a penalty after a dubious contact with the newly entered Akpa Akpro. From the disk Veretout makes no mistake and reopens everything. The last twenty minutes are pure adrenaline. Mkhitaryan first and Zaniolo immediately afterwards give the chills to Reina who against the young striker is overcome by stretching as a champion. It is played with the heart since the legs are now in reserve. Mourinho takes away the exhausted Zaniolo to insert Carles Perez in the last quarter of an hour. Lazio tries to freeze the game with the dribble, trying to dampen the Giallorossi assault. Shomurodov still enhances Reina’s reflexes, then Mourinho inserts in the last ten minutes Smalling e Zalewski. The restarting Lazio continues to become dangerous with Immobile that in turn touches the Lazio poker. It is the last chance of a match that sees the Biancoceleste triumph with the triple whistle Sarri under the North curve with the Olimpia eagle on his arm and Mourinho to gather his team in the middle of the field for a quick analysis. This is also the spectacle of the derby.
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