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() Lazio 1-1 Roma: Luis Alberto's second half strike is enough to earn Lazio a share of the spoils in tense derby Aleksandar Kolarav gave Roma the lead with a penalty after 17 minutes  The woodwork was rattled five times in what was a captivating first half Lazio got a well-earned point after Luis Alberto scored a second half leveller Chris Smalling was an unused sub following the defender's loan move to Roma 

By Alasdair Mackenzie, Reuters

Published: 21:42 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 21:42 BST, 1 September 2019

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Luis Alberto's second-half equaliser earned Lazio a 1-1 draw with AS Roma in a fast and furious 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

Lazio's Luis Alberto scored a second half equaliser to earn Lazio a point in a feisty derby

Luis Alberto puts his finger to his lip to silence Roma's fans after he grabbed an equaliser

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 . He remained an unused substitute.  

"It was a spectacular 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

The Derby saw an entertaining opening half an hour, as the woodwork

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