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El Shaarawy scores as Roma thrash derby rivals Lazio
Lazio, who lost the reverse fixture 2-0 in November, attempted to score an early goal on Sunday, but their chances were cleared by the Roma defense and keeper.
In the early minutes of the game, Roma took advantage of the gaps within Lazio defense, but their attacks lacked the final touch.
Lazio defense were very attentive whenever Mohamed Salah got on the ball. Twenty minutes into the game, Salah led a Roma attack, but his pass was intercepted by the defense.
Stephan El Shaarawy opened the scoring for Roma in the 15th minute. The 23-year-old received a cross from Lucas Digne and headed it into the far corner, recording his six goal of the season.
Seventeen minutes later, El Shaarawy was close to complete his brace after a drive from 30 yards. Lazio keeper Federico Marchetti however dropped to his right saving his team from conceding a second goal.
Roma continued to threaten Lazio. Five minutes to half time, Miralem Pjanić sent a long-range shot but was denied by the woodwork. In the dying minutes of the first half, Radja Nainggolan was close to double Roma’s lead, but his shot went wide ending the first half 1-0 for the Giallorossi.
Five minutes into the first half, Salah sent a left-foot volley for Roma but the ball went wide of Marchetti’s post. Salah continued to threaten Lazio as his toe-poke missed target three minutes later.
In the 60th minute, Luciano Spalletti made his first substitution bringing on Edin Džeko to replace goalscorer El Shaarawy. Four minutes after coming on, Džeko doubled Roma’s lead after Diego Perotti’s shot bounced off the post.
Lazio midfielder Marco Parolo, whose shot hit the woodwork few minutes earlier, reduced the deficit for Lazio in the 75th minute as he score into an empty net.
Nine minutes to full time, Ervin Zukanović replaced Salah. This was Roma’s third substitution as Iago Falque came on instead of Nainggolan earlier.
It appeared that Lazio might make a comeback but Roma’s third goal proved it to be temporary awakening. Alessandro Florenzi got his name onto the score sheet after scoring a volley into the far corner in the 83rd minute.
The Giallorossi added salt to their guests’ wounds as Perotti bagged Roma’s fourth goal just three minute to full time after curling the ball into the corner of the net.
In the fourth minute of added time, Lazio defender Wesley Hoedt was sent off after receiving his second yellow card over a foul against Florenzi.
The Giallorossi, who occupy the third spot on 63 points, are scheduled to host Bologna on April 11.