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Lazio 1-0 Roma: lifeless Giallorossi fall again in Derby

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 19: Pedro Rodriguez of SS Lazio competes for the ball with Lorenzo Pellegrini of AS Roma during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on March 19, 2023 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi - SS Lazio/Getty Images)
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calendar date19 Mar 19:00
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Roma’s top four ambitions suffered a serious blow after they fell 1-0 to Lazio for the second time this season in the Derby della Capitale. 

A goal from Mattia Zaccagni midway through the second half was all the Biancocelesti needed to see off their rivals and boost their own chances at finishing in a Champions League place. 

It marked the Giallorossi’s second league defeat in a row following their victory over Juventus two weekends ago. 

In yet another lifeless performance, Roma’s season-long struggle with individual mistakes manifested itself again this evening–this time thanks to Roger Ibanez. 

Already on a yellow, the Brazilian was sent off just after the half an hour mark after an incredibly brash challenge, forcing Jose Mourinho’s side to play down a man for the remaining sixty minutes. 

Meanwhile, Roma’s attack struggled throughout the match and failed to create any dangerous or consistent goalscoring actions and opportunities.

Their most clear-cut chance came just after Zaccagni’s goal, with Lazio appearing to hit the ball into the back of their own net.

However, VAR ultimately nullified the goal after Chris Smalling was determined to be offsides. 

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