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  • May 25, 2015
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 49385
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  • FULL TIME! Roma win 2-1 in the Derby della Capitale, with goals from Iturbe and Mapou wrapping up the three points which secure the Giallorossi's place in the Champions League group stage for the coming season. Djordevic managed a consolation goal for Pioli's men, who will have to do it all again against Napoli on the final day. That's all that we have time for from Stadio Olimpico, I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you again next time.
  • 90' + 3'
    Cavanda pumps a ball down the left-hand side for Djordevic to chase, but the Belgian's pass heads immediately out of play for a throw in. Not long is left for Lazio to be wasteful!
  • 90' + 1'
    We're into the first of five minutes of stoppage time in the second half. There's still time for Lazio to fight back, though there are some tired legs out there now.
  • 89'
    Roma try to break down the left-hand side, but a cross from Holebas can't be met by Doumbia! The former CSKA Moscow man just misreads the situations and gets in front of his man at the same time. Moments later, a long-range effort from Candreva rockets over the crossbar!
  • 87'
    The final 10 minutes are full of entertainment, with Roma continuing to try and drive forward despite holding the lead. Lazio whip a free kick towards the opposition penalty area, which is flicked on, but De Sanctis claims. Both coaches are gesticulating wildly in their respective technical areas, with there still time for late drama.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Alessandro Florenzi
  • 85'
    Assist Miralem Pjanic
  • 85'
    Goal Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    GOOOOOOOOOAL! MAPOU MAKES IT 2-1 TO THE GIALLOROSSI! Cavanda gives away a free kick on the left-hand side, allowing for Pjanic to whip in a cross. The Frenchman manages to rise highest to flick a header just inside the back post! Marchetti just can't get across quickly enough and the bounce beats the Italian goalkeeper!
  • 85'
    SubstitutionJuan Iturbe Seydou Doumbia
  • 83'
    Lazio might just have sealed their place in the Champions League qualification stages with that header, with the last five minutes or so proving vital to the end of both of these sides' season. A point might be enough for Roma, but Garcia is readying Doumbia!
  • 81'
    Assist Miroslav Klose
  • 81'
    Goal Filip Djordjevic
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! DJORDEVIC LEVELS THE SCORELINE! We're into the final 10 minutes at Stadio Olimpico and things just got interesting! The substitute is on hand to nod home from close-range, after a wonderfully generous header across goal from Klose! Anderson whipped in a gorgeous ball and the two forwards combined to do the rest!
  • 79'
    SubstitutionLucas Biglia Danilo Cataldi
  • 79'
    There might be a few minutes of stoppage time, as Biglia goes down for a while with a head injury. Cataldi is being introduced as a result, with Pioli making the changes required to try and inspire a comeback, as the Argentina international looks a little bit groggy on the sideline. Djordevic tries to scamper down the left-hand side, but Pjanic makes a timely interception.
  • 77'
    If Lazio can't recover this evening, their final Serie A game will be ever so vital! They will face Napoli on the last weekend, meaning that they could still surrender their potential place in the Champions League altogether. A goal is definitely required for the Biancocelesti before the close of play, as a point would be a long way to aiding their European ambitions.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionStefano Mauri Filip Djordjevic
  • 75'
    Only a quarter of an hour remains for Lazio to get back into this contest! As it stands, Roma will be confirming their participation in the group stage of the Champions League next season, with Pioli's men needing to at least equalise to keep the race alive. Nainggolan races down the right, before lifted a cross into the back-post area, but it is too pacey and escapes everyone!
  • 74'
    Yellow Card Juan Iturbe
  • 73'
    Assist Víctor Ibarbo
  • 73'
    Goal Juan Iturbe
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! ITURBE FIRES ROMA INTO THE LEAD! Wonderful move from the Giallorossi! The ball is worked down the right-hand side, before Ibarbo slides a good cross into the penalty area! The former Porto man is able to poke home a close-range finish, before he rips off his shirt and goes to celebrate in front of his fans! He will get a yellow, but he isn't bothered!
  • 72'
    Yet another shot is blocked for Lazio, with Roma really marshalling the edge of the penalty area in determined fashion. Holebas then tries to break down the left, but the former Olympiakos man is fouled, before the resulting free kick ends up in Roma earning a second corner in quick succession. Pjanic delivers, but the Bosnian midfielder bends the ball directly into the side netting.
  • 70'
    Wonderful move from Roma! Florenzi is picked out in the opposition penalty area, after lovely combination play between Pjanic and Iturbe. The Italy international shoots after taking a touch with his chest, but a deflection takes the ball wide! The resulting corner picks out Ibarbo at the near post, but the former Cagliari man lashes a close-range strike just wide of the left upright.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionSeydou Keita Miralem Pjanic
  • 68'
    A cross in from the left-hand side is claimed well by De Sanctis, with Mauri unable to get on the end of a poor delivery due to pressure from Mapou. Pjanic is finally inserted into the fray by the Giallorossi, with Keita taking his leave as a result. The former Barca man appears to have picked up an injury.
  • 66'
    Mauri attempts to lift a through ball over Manolas for Klose to chase, but the German veteran isn't on the same wavelength as his teammate. Both sides have been poor offensively, with this contest in real danger of petering out as a 0-0 stalemate.
  • 64'
    Ibarbo has been pushed out to the right-hand side, with the Colombian striker able to battle with the make-shift left-back of Cavanda. Roma have been slightly more competitive since the restart, but Lazio will still be disappointed if they can't find a win tonight. Candreva tries to whip a cross in from the left, but Manolas clears at the near post.
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Miroslav Klose
  • 62'
    Totti is replaced by Ibarbo for the Giallorossi, with the former Cagliari attacker offering a little more in the way of pace and power. Lazio's central defenders might just have to switch on as a result. Klose picks up a yellow card for a lunging tackle on Mapou, with the Germany international being rather unfortunate with regards to the referee's decisions.
  • 61'
    SubstitutionFrancesco Totti Víctor Ibarbo
  • 60'
    Only half an hour remains in Rome, with Garcia's men currently clinging onto the automatic Champions League place as it stands. Should these two sides draw, it would take the battle for second place down to the last matchday. Lazio see two shots charged down on the edge of the box, as Pioli's men continue to labour offensively.
  • 58'
    Lazio are still trying to put pacey balls in behind the Roma back four, but De Sanctis hasn't had anything to do in the second half thus far. Flares have been thrown onto the field of play at Stadio Olimpico, but they are quickly dealt with. This is a derby, after all!
  • 56'
    Cavanda is introduced by Pioli, with Lulic replaced. Lazio attack down the right-hand side, with Basta setting back a neat pass to tee up a cross. Klose heads the delivery back across goal, with Mauri trying an acrobatic overhead kick, but the experienced forward sees his effort blocked.
  • 55'
    SubstitutionSenad Lulic Luis Cavanda
  • 54'
    Florenzi stands over a free kick on the right-hand side, but Lazio manage to clear at their back post. Lulic goes on a driving run through the centre of the Giallorossi midfield, before being robbed of the ball. Iturbe is set away as Roma try to break, but Parolo tracks back well to deny the Argentine and concede a corner. As the resulting set piece is cleared, Iturbe is left on the ground holding his head.
  • 52'
    Pjanic is readying himself on the sideline for the hosts, with Garcia realising that he needs to change something sooner rather than later. Anderson whips a cross in from the left, but De Sanctis comes out and claims with ease. Moments later, Torosidis picks up a yellow card, as this contest continues to involve some scrappy tackles.
  • 51'
    Yellow Card Vasilis Torosidis
  • 50'
    Basta is fed in down the right-hand side, before attempting to lift a square ball into the penalty box! Mapou comes across to head the ball clear, meaning that the Lazio defender kicks the Frenchman lightly in the face. Moments later, Klose attempts to lift a through ball over the Roma back four, but the German striker is frustrated by Torosidis.
  • 48'
    Roma just seem unable to get out of their own half, with a pass out to the right-hand side from Mapou being deflected out of play by a poor touch from Iturbe. Lazio maintain their pressure, with a cross whipped into the box, but Holebas heads half clear. Basta races to the edge of the penalty area to meet the rebound, but the right-back sends a low drive just wide of the far post!
  • 46'
    We are underway in the second half at Stadio Olimpico! Lazio will be unhappy to have remained level, but 45 minutes still remain for Pioli's men to make their dominance count.
  • HALF TIME! The two sides go into their respective dressing rooms without a goal between them, in what was a combative first half in the Stadio Olimpico. Klose went closest from around eight yards out, but Lazio remain unable to capitalise on heavy pressure. The Biancocelesti have done everything but score, though Klose has been isolated at times. Be sure to rejoin us in 10 minutes for the second-half action!
  • 45'
    De Rossi gives away a free kick 30 yards from goal, with the Italian midfielder protesting his innocence regardless. Candreva shoots, but the ball clatters off the wall and behind for a corner. There are two minutes of stoppage time.
  • 43'
    Anderson breaks down the right, before using his pace to work an angle for a shot. The Brazilian wins a corner, as his effort is deflected behind, but the resulting corner is headed away by Torosidis. Roma attempt to break immediately, but Nainggolan and Totti can't combine at pace.
  • 41'
    Totti just hasn't been able to create anything up top, with not enough Giallorossi shirts surrounding their captain as soon as he takes control of the ball. Keita is then penalised for a scrappy tackle on Candreva, with the former Barcelona midfielder at least adding some additional defensive and physical weight to a combative engine room.
  • 39'
    Less than 10 minutes remain until the half-time interval, with Lazio showing offensive weakness and Roma failing to impress on the defensive side of things. Essentially, this match has been two blunt implements striking together in hope of a spark.
  • 37'
    Pioli will be pleased with his side's first-half performance, as Lazio continue to move the ball patiently and search for gaps and weakness. Candreva tries to slide a pass through to Klose, but Manolas is easily able to cut it out. Roma's fans won't be buoyed by their men's negative set up.
  • 35'
    Yellow Card Lucas Biglia
  • 35'
    Lazio scamper down the right-hand side, before winning a free kick in an advanced area of the field. Biglia sends the ball in towards the back post, but it is half cleared, before the rebound is lashed over the crossbar with the aid of a deflection. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
  • 33'
    Garcia's men have the opportunity to lift a free-kick delivery into a loaded penalty area, but Florenzi's cross is cut out easily. Roma keep the ball alive, but a shot from 15 yards out is charged down. Iturbe attempts to wriggle away down the left flank moments later, but is unable to whip in a cross.
  • 32'
    Yellow Card Santiago Gentiletti
  • 31'
    Roma are sitting incredibly deep, with Lazio dominating all of the ball and dictating proceedings. Mapou almost gives the ball away on the edge of the his own area, after a poor first touch, before hoofing a terrible clearance upfield. The Frenchman definitely isn't personifying composure and calmness at the moment.
  • 29'
    A Roma corner from the right-hand side is easily cleared, with Lazio immediately attempting to break. A long pass down the flank in search of Candreva is cut out impressively by Holebas, as the Biancocelesti continue to struggle to find their cutting edge.
  • 27'
    Pioli's men are continuing to dominate possession, with Roma's midfield struggling to get a foothold in the game. Nainggolan, De Rossi and Keita haven't been able to offer much while on the ball, with Totti not being given the ball in dangerous areas.
  • 25'
    Roma have managed to survive a very shaky start, with Klose's miss starting to look a whole lot more glaring at this point. Garcia's side are managing to repel long crosses into the penalty area, with Lazio's German forward not having a great deal of service at the moment.
  • 23'
    Tempers and frustration is rising in the capital, with a few naughty challenges starting to fly in from both sets of players. The referee will have to be careful with his book, as he could quite easily find himself dishing out seven or so before the close of play.
  • 22'
    Yellow Card Senad Lulic
  • 21'
    Holebas gives away a free kick, allowing for Lazio to load the box with players and pump another delivery into the danger area. Biglia tries to clip the ball forward, but it is cut out, before Lulic is penalised for a terribly timed and cynical tackle on Iturbe.
  • 19'
    Klose slides in to rob the ball from Totti, but the former receives a yellow card for his tackle instead. It appeared to be a clean challenge, but the referee was quick to the scene with his cards. The resulting free kick is pinged in behind, allowing for Holebas to chase, but the Greek left-back is wrongly called as offside.
  • 17'
    Basta tries to whip a cross in from the right flank, but the right-back's delivery is absolutely awful. Lazio are dominating possession and applying all of the early pressure, with the Giallorossi back four seemingly happy to sit deep and monitor the situation. The blue and white supporters have had plenty to sing about thus far
  • 15'
    To say that this is arguably the biggest derby in Italian football, Roma aren't showing much fighting spirit. Torosidis makes an unconvincing half clearance with his head, as Lazio's long balls into the penalty area continue to ask questions. Iturbe tries to break into the Biancocelesti penalty area, but the Argentine forward is penalised for handling the ball.
  • 13'
    Florenzi gets some joy down the right-hand side once again, but Marchetti is able to smother a cross in from the Italian midfielder. Neither defence is looking particularly convincing, with a bit of pace enough to scare both sets of central defenders. Perhaps things will gradually settle down.
  • 11'
    Roma continue to look very open at the back, with Klose probably still wondering how he didn't give his side the lead. Florenzi breaks down the right-hand side brilliantly, before cutting back a neat pass from the byline, but Iturbe and Totti aren't able to support the Italy international quickly enough and Lazio clear under no pressure.
  • 9'
    Yellow Card Francesco Totti
  • 9'
    Totti picks up an early yellow card for a cynical trip on Anderson, with the Giallorossi forward having to go through the rest of the fixture on a disciplinary tightrope. Risky booking from the referee, as this game could now result in the official getting his cards out regularly. Parolo shoots from just inside the box, but De Sanctis gets down to his left-hand side well to save.
  • 7'
    Long balls in behind are causing problems for Roma at the moment, with Mapou and Manolas failing to inspire any confidence from their back four early on. De Rossi looks aghast at the conduct of the men behind him thus far. Garcia appears livid, and rightly so.
  • 5'
    JUST WIDE FROM KLOSE! The German striker is picked out by a wonderful cross towards the back post, but the experienced forward places a close-range, unmarked header wide of the upright! Roma's defending has been utterly atrocious in the first five minutes and they need to sort their act out quickly.
  • 3'
    Totti whips an early free-kick delivery into the box from the right-hand side, but Keita is unable to rise well enough to divert a header goalwards. The veteran Giallorossi forward will be looking to create something special this evening, that's for sure. Candreva breaks down the left, before cutting in from the byline, but a right-footed shot from the Italy international is parried away by De Sanctis.
  • 1'
    We are underway in the Derby della Capitale! The atmosphere is electric and there's plenty to play for too! Automatic qualification to the Champions League is in the offing this afternoon, with Roma needing to avoid defeat, or risk falling out of second place.
  • Roma substitutes: Cole, Ljajic, Maicon, Pjanic, Ibarbo, Astori, Gervinho, Skorupski, Paredes, Balzaretti, Ucan, Doumbia.
  • Lazio substitutes: Berisha, Ciani, Braafheid, Djordevic, B. Keita, Bruno Pereirinha, Onazi, Ledesma, Cataldi, Mauricio, Cavanda, Strakosha.
  • Roma starting line-up (4-3-3-): De Sanctis; Torosidis, Manolas, Mapou, Holebas; Keita, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Florenzi, Totti, Iturbe.
  • Lazio starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Marchetti; Basta, De Vrij, Gentiletti, Lulic; Parolo, Biglia; Candreva, Mauri, Felipe Anderson; Klose.
  • TEAM NEWS: Kevin Strootman and Leandro Castan are continued injury absentees for the away side, but Alessandro Florenzi is available once again after serving a suspension. Maicon and Gervinho are also back among the substitutes after recent injury problems. Vassilis Torosidis retains his place at right-back, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa preferred to Davide Astori. Francesco Totti is named as a central forward, with Alessandro Florenzi and Juan Iturbe deployed out wide.
  • TEAM NEWS: Stefan Radu, Lorik Cana, Ederson and Brayan Perea are unavailable for the home side, with Lazio perhaps lacking a bit of defensive leadership as a result. Lucas Biglia is fit to start after a recent knee injury, with few selection surprises for the Biancocelesti this afternoon. Miroslav Klose will start up top, with Stefano Mauri slotting into the centre of atacking midfield alongside Felipe Anderson and Antonio Candreva.
  • Rudi Garcia's men have the task of merely avoiding defeat at Stadio Olimpico, but the atmosphere inside this stadium is bound to encourage Lazio forward throughout. The home side have only won two of their last six Serie A games, while the Giallorossi have recorded nine points from their last available 12. Should the visitors win today, it would secure them qualification to the Champions League knockout stages, while Pioli's would be forced to play in the competition's preliminary rounds.
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's only slice of Serie A action, as local rivals Lazio and Roma battle it out for automatic Champions League qualification in Rome. The hosts are one point off the Giallorossi in second place, with this contest having potential to be incredibly hard-fought and intriguing. Only a win will see Stefano Pioli's men jump up a place in the Italian top flight, with the Biancocelesti looking to kick on from disappointment in the Coppa Italia final. Bragging rights, of course, are also on offer in the Derby della Capitale!