The first half of Sunday’s Derby della Capitale between Roma and Lazio was a feisty and eventful affair full of goalmouth action and controversy.
It was Keita Baldé Diao who put Lazio – the designated away team at the Stadio Olimpico – ahead after just 12 minutes. The Senagalese forward’s left footed effort seemed to catch Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny off guard as it trickled into the corner.
But the biggest talking point of the first period came on the stroke of half-time. At first glance, Lazio’s Brazilian defender Wallace appeared to sweep Kevin Strootman’s legs from under him in the area and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. However, replays showed that the Dutchman had simulated the contact and Lazio’s dismayed players had every reason to feel aggrieved.
I Giallorossi skipper Daniele De Rossi stepped up and fired his side level but there was an element of good fortune about a penalty that wasn’t the most cleanly struck you’ll ever see.
More to follow…