Rome derby: Best ever Lazio v Roma moments
Best Rome derby moments
The first Derby della Capitale of the campaign beckons in the Sunday Serie A showcase clash, and Italy’s most explosive rivalry will be expected to provide plenty of goals, cards and bust-ups.
Eternal City outfits Lazio (17/10 to win at the weekend) and Roma (27/20) take to their shared Stadio Olimpico turf with just one point between them as the race for the top three Champions League spots and, even conceivably the Scudetto, continues with both clubs still in the mix.
There have been some cracking clashes between the capital clubs in their long Roman rivalry, so Coral writers present our best ever Rome Derby moments in modern times…che gol!
Totti’s terrific selfie
With the most goals (11) and appearances (41) in the Roman derby, local lad Francesco Totti has always known how to put on a show in a game that always seemed to be made for Il Re di Roma (The King of Rome), or perhaps Er Pupone (The Big Baby) if you’re a Lazio fan.
The forward always saved his best for this big stage and few moments summed up skipper Totti’s devotion to the cause more than the iconic image of him taking a very modern celebratory selfie in front a rapturous Curva Sud in his 40th Derby della Capitale.
Requiring just one more goal for his tally to be the derby’s leading league scorer of all-time, Totti of course instead scored two to send him clear and, crucially, level the score to finish 2-2 in 2015. Cue the commemorative selfie after the captain’s dramatic equaliser.
See Totti’s celebration below:
Another memorable moment for fans of the Giallorossi arrived back in 2002 thanks to now AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella, as Roma ran out dominant 5-1 winners.
Montella and Totti were the goal-getters, with the former for once stealing the show from his skipper with a top-class quartet of strikes.
Dejan Stankovic would go on to provide a consolation, but the scoreboard didn’t make pretty reading for Eagles support as Roma ran riot.
Lazio’s best result
Fans who favour the sky blue side of the Stadio Olimpico can look again now as, in 2006, Lazio recorded their best-ever result against rivals Roma with a 3-0 scoreline.
An absolute pile driver from Cristian Ledesma just before the break plus a penalty conversion from full back Massimo Oddo and later strike by Massimo Mutarelli combined to make it a match to remember.
Watch the highlights again:
2013 Coppa Italia final
The 2013 Coppa Italia final is the only time the two Eternal City teams have tussled in a finale with major silverware at stake and it was certainly memorable.
It was a tight and tense affair on the pitch but full of plenty of palpable passion as Senad Lulic made the difference to deliver Lazio a rare cup and boasting rights. Though, it was off-field antics that made the headlines as celebrating Eagles support took to the streets to revel and even went on to graffiti pictures of Roma talisman Totti.
Thumbs down for Totti
Yes, once again Totti found himself the centre of attention, becoming synonymous with the Rome derby.
Il Gladiatore (The Gladiator) took to behaving more like a Roman emperor than a fighter, with the Olimpico his Colosseum, after the Giallorossi had edged the Eagles 2-1 thanks to a deadly double from Montenegro marksman Mirko Vucinic.
The levelling brace was part of a courageous comeback and emotions spilled over with backroom staff and squads from both sides involved in altercations on the pitch after the final whistle.
What scenes! Though, the match is most remembered for Totti’s regal thumbs down gesture to the crowd, that it was claimed was a taunt to Lazio about potential relegation. Innocent or guilty, Totti (19/10 to score anytime this weekend) was adjudged to have provoked fans and was fined accordingly.
Relive Totti’s top funny moments:
Eagles swoop in six-goal spectacular
This Derby della Capitale clash had it all. In 2009, Lazio were leaky at the back but more than made up for it in attack as they simply scored more than their housemates.
Viewers were treated to a stupendous six goals and two red cards, with spectacular strikes in particular from Goran Pandev and Mauro Zarate who opened scoring for the Eagles with a goal each in the four minutes after kick-off.
Stefan Lichsteiner and Aleksandar Kolarov added the rest of Lazio’s haul to delight the Curva Nord, with Philippe Mexes and Daniele De Rossi’s goals keeping the Giallorossi in the game.
Four star Roma
As it happens, the last fixture between Lazio and Roma in April 2016 also happened to provide plenty of highlights thanks to a dazzling display from the red half of the city aas Roma won 4-1.
Stephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko, Alessandro Florenzi and Diego Perotti treated fans to four goals as the Eagles’ defence collapsed in stupendous style. Marco Parolo nabbed one back for Lazio, before defender Wesley Hoedt saw red as the clock ticked down, adding a last dash of drama to proceedings.
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We doubt the next instalment of this riveting Roman rivalry will be as one-sided, however…