Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The View from Italy: Eternal rivalry yet similar directions

In the final minute of injury time, Miroslav Klose brought a pass from Matuzalem under control and had the time, quality and nerve to slot his side-footed shot past the Roma goalkeeper. The German international's fourth goal of the season a week ago - his sixth in eight games since joining the Biancocelesti - helped his Lazio side come from behind to end ten-man Roma's series of five consecutive wins against their crosstown rivals, stretching back to April 2009. The Rome Derby is quite simply the biggest rivalry in Italian football, its passion and polarising effect are unsurpassed by any other in Serie A.

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