A dramatic win derby between Roma with Lazio on Monday (25/5) secured a place for Roma in the group stage of next season’s Champions League. Roma celebrated as if they had won the league, piling on top of each other with Francesco Totti, the captain of the team, putting a celebratory T-shirt.
Roma had taken lead in the 73rd as Juan Manuel Iturbe chipped in from within the box. However Filip Djordjevic was the one who equalized the attack to Lazio’s net in the 82nd with a header. French center back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa made his first goal of the season with a header following a free kick in the 85th minute. In general, Lazio successfully dominated the ball possession, with 62 percent to Roma’s 37 percent.
Roma needed a point to remain ahead on that race and a win to secure second with a game left. After the match, Roma coach, Rudi Garcia showed his appraisal and complement to the squad. He said, “it was not an easy match, but we did it. We achieved our goal.”
While currently, with one round remaining, second-place Roma stays above the third-place Lazio which has a three-point advantage over Napoli. Lazio and Napoli will meet in the upcoming Serie A clash next weekend. Roma has now own four of their five matches, following a difficult stretch where it looked like Lazio of Napoli was going to go directly to Champions League spot.
On the other hand, Lazio coach Stefano Pioli mentioned his regret following the game. “In five days we have lost two matches that we shouldn’t have,” he said. “These are tough losses and we’ve got to show our professionalism and bounce back and do what’s required.”
Beside the match, there were reports of clashes between Lazio supporters and police outside the stadium after the game, with tear gas used.