By Alasdair Mackenzie, Reuters
Published: 21:42 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 21:42 BST, 1 September 2019
Luis Alberto's second-half equaliser earned Lazio a 1-1 draw with AS Roma in a fast and furious Rome derby in Serie A on Sunday.
Aleksandar Kolarov's 17th-minute penalty put Roma ahead amid a flurry of chances with Lazio hitting the post three times and Roma twice inside the opening half hour.
Simone Inzaghi's side looked the more threatening and levelled on the hour mark through Alberto's strike.
Lazio's Luis Alberto scored a second half equaliser to earn Lazio a point in a feisty Rome derby
Luis Alberto puts his finger to his lip to silence Roma's fans after he grabbed an equaliser
But they were denied by the frame of the goal again when substitute Marco Parolo hit the crossbar late on, before Manuel Lazzari thought he'd scored the winner in stoppage-time, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside in the build-up.
Roma opted to leave new signing Chris Smalling on the bench for Sunday's game, after the Englishman joined the Italian side on loan from Manchester United. He remained an unused substitute.
"It was a spectacular Rome Derby," Roma coach Paulo Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.
"Coaches always lose a few years of life during games like this, but this was an anthem for football to those who love the sport.
The Rome Derby saw an entertaining opening half an hour, as the woodwork was hit five times
Former Manchester City defender Aleksander Kolarov opened the scoring from the