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Salah injured as Roma win Derby della Capitale 2-0

Photo: AS Roma Official Facebook Page

Photo: AS Roma Official Facebook Page

Gervinho and Dzeko scored in each half as Roma took all 3 points from bitter rivals Lazio, in a fiery game which saw seven yellow cards between the two sides, as Mohamed Salah was stretchered off with an ankle injury.

Roma XI: Szczesny; Torosidis; Manolas; Rudiger; Digne; Nainggolan; Vainqueur; Gervinho; Salah; Falque; Dzeko.

Lazio XI: Marchetti; Basta; Mauricio; Gentiletti; Radu; Parolo; Biglia; Lulic; Candreva; Djordjevic; Anderson.

After an even start, Edin Dzeko was brought down on the edge of the box by Gentiletti, and although the contact appeared to be outside the box a penalty was given. Dzeko stepped up and sent Marchetti the wrong way as he struck down the middle.

The goal brought Lazio into life, with Felipe Anderson’s ambitious long range effort hitting the underside of the bar.

Roma also continued to create chances, with Dzeko missing a huge chance created by Gervinho’s wayward shot. Soon after, Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan shot from outside the box, hitting the outside of the post and going wide.

At the start of the second half, Bosnian midfielder Senad Lulic stamped on Mohamed Salah’s ankle in an off the ball incident, which resulted in the Egyptian being stretchered off and replaced by Florenzi, who became the only Roman born player to participate in the Derby della Capitale, a record low.

Soon after, Nainggolan found Ivorian forward Gervinho with a long diagonal ball, which he controlled well and finished past Marchetti at the near post to make it 2-0.

The fire of the derby came into life over the second half, with Stefan Radu being booked for an altercation with Vainqueur, as well as Lucas Digne being booked for a dangerous foul.

Malian midfielder Seydou Keita had a golden chance created by Iago Falque, however his shot went wide. In the final moments of the game, Djordjevic stretched to miss an open goal, in a frustrating day for the Serbian striker.

The famous Curva Sud and the Curva Biancoceleste were largely empty for the first time in the history of the derby, as fans from both clubs were protesting at the heavy policing in the Stadio Olimpico, which is normally known for its atmosphere.

The win puts Roma second on goal difference, one point behind Inter Milan; however, Fiorentina may overtake both sides if they win away at Sampdoria. Lazio fall one place to ninth as Juventus won away at Empoli, and may fall further if Sampdoria defeat high flying Fiorentina.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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