Serie A - Klose clinches late derby win for Lazio

Sun, 16 Oct 22:32:00 2011

Miroslav Klose scored a dramatic injury-time winner as Lazio beat ten-man Roma 2-1 in an incident-packed Rome derby at the Stadio Olimpico.

Klose - Lazio vs Roma - Serie A 2011/2012 - 0

Roma took an early lead through Pablo Osvaldo, who slotted home the easiest of finishes after just five minutes.

But the major incident of the game came five minutes into the second period when Simon Kjaer was controversially sent off after pulling Cristian Brocchi down in the box.

Hernanes converted the resulting penalty and, four minutes into injury time, Klose tucked away the winner to cue incredible scenes of jubilation at one end of the Stadio Olimpico.

Without their injured captain Francesco Totti, Roma went into the 135th Rome derby unbeaten in the last four, with Lazio desperate to end their poor run in the fixture.

But Lazio paid an early price for their sluggish start.

Miralem Pjanic scooped the ball over a static Lazio defence, allowing Osvaldo the time to take a touch and roll the ball inside the far post.

Roma were the stronger side throughout the first half and could have added to their lead but Bojan, despite being bright in attack, spurned Roma's best two chances.

Lazio started the second half well, putting pressure on the Roma defence straight away. And they were far more fluid in attack, with Djibril Cisse and the impressive Hernanes both coming close.

But the incident that changed the game came in the 49th minute.

The darting run of Brocchi appeared to catch Kjaer out of position and, feeling a slight tug on his shoulder in the box, Brocchi hit the deck, resulting in Kjaer's instant dismissal by virtue of being the last man.

Brocchi celebrated the decision as if it heralded the securing of the Serie A title as Hernanes stepped up to take the kick.

He made no mistake from the spot with an emphatic low drive and Lazio went on to dominate against the ten men of Roma for the rest of the game.

Hernanes was the architect of everything positive for Lazio and he should have been celebrating his assist for their second in the 71st minute, but Klose's glaring miss from ten yards meant Lazio's search for a winner went on.

With time running out Cisse's sweetly hit volley had Maarten Stekelenburg beaten - not for the first time on the night - but Cisse could only hold his head in his hands as his effort cannoned back off the inside of the far post.

But then came Lazio's moment.

With every Roma player behind the ball, Lazio substitute Matuzalem spotted Klose in a yard of space 12 yards out. His clipped ball over the Roma defence allowed Klose the time to take a touch, before caressing the ball into the bottom corner.

It was virtually the last kick of the game and, when the whistle blew, Lazio players and staff sprinted to their fans at the far end of the stadium, wildly celebrating their first Rome derby success since April 2009.

Michael Da Silva (on Twitter @mjdasilva) / Eurosport

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