The match between AS Roma and Lazio started as it couldn’t have been any worse, with clashes between supporters of both teams that ended with several arrests and fans stabbed. Despite these inconveniences, the Roman derby turned out to be one for the history books, with both an amazing atmosphere and chances for both teams to win.
The match ended in a draw, though in the beginning neither team could find that niche to take over the control, the press is blaming this on the pre-match clashes between fans. Lazio seemed to snap out quicker than AS Roma and settled to win the game through powerful shots coming from Antonio Candreva and Hernanes, with the latter managing to net a perfect 25-meter shot into the top corner, that left Stekelenburg with no reply.
Roma looked confused for a great part of the game, allowing Lazio to breeze through their defense like it was a training game; and things got from bad to worse when the referee awarded Lazio with a penalty after Marquinhos hit the ball with his arm. Fortunately for AS Roma supporters, Hernanes missed and a few moments later he became the anti-hero for Lazio, as he was the one responsible for the equalizer, in the form of a penalty shot scored by AS Roma’s captain Francesco Totti.
Marchetti was the one who had to do all the hard work during the last minutes of the game, as he had to battle free kicks from both Totti and Florenzi, but his net was never pierced again. Lazio finished the game in 10, after Giuseppe Biava was sent off the field after getting a second yellow card after a harsh tackle of one of Roma’s players. Francesco Totti was rather disappointed after the game stating that: “Unfortunately we threw away the first half — we just weren’t able to get into the match, but the second half went better and the important thing was that we didn’t lose.”
After this match Lazio moved up to 5th place, which means the last European ticket, while Roma stays on the 7th, with three points short. As a result of this draw, I lost 5 units I placed on AS Roma’s victory with odds from 888sport.
Result: -5 units, bet lost