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Rome derby could be behind closed doors

12 April 2013 19:11

The derby between Roma and Lazio could be forced to be played behind closed doors in future due to escalating violence between rival supporters.

Monday evening's Serie A match between the two clubs was preceded by clashes between fans within the city, leading to several arrests and a number of minor stab wounds.

City prefect Giuseppe Pecoraro has already stated that evening kick-offs between the sides will no longer be permitted, but has warned he may be forced into further action to curb supporter confrontations.

"The preparations we'll take will help to normalise the situation," the 63-year-old told RaiSport1.

"This will be a signal to the fans, and if it's still not enough, then we will consider more drastic measures, such as playing behind closed doors or moving the game to another venue.

"The problem is not within the stadium, but outside it. It would be very damaging to all the supporters."

The spoils were shared during the match itself after a Francesco Totti penalty cancelled out Hernanes' 16th-minute opener.

Lazio are currently three points ahead of their city rivals in fifth place in Serie A, while Roma lie in seventh.

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Andreazzoli rues failure to win

9 April 2013 08:53

Roma coach Aurelio Andreazzoli felt his side deserved more than a point after they drew 1-1 with Lazio in the Rome derby on Monday.

Hernanes had given Lazio the lead 16 minutes into the game at the Stadio Olimpico before Roma talisman Francesco Totti equalised from the penalty spot in the 57th minute.

"I think the result should be judged at the end of a game and we closed the game dissatisfied with this result," Andreazzoli said.

"We felt that we had the chance to gain what would have been an important three points and we had three clear chances to score and unfortunately we didn't manage to score.

"We have suffered from this many times this season and we felt very disappointed at the end.

"I think that Roma supporters will feel partially dissatisfied tonight because we had the feeling we could do it and win it."

Andreazzoli also admitted he was worried about Daniele de Rossi, who suffered an ankle injury.

"If I'm not wrong Daniele De Rossi got injured in the 18th minute of play tonight and from that moment on he played with a major problem to his ankle," he said.

"He only remained on as long as he did to help the team, but obviously he didn't have the chance to express his talent at his best and I think he gave all he could give anyway in the first half.

"He tried to remain on the pitch but I told him that if he felt injured I would substitute him and I didn't ask him to sacrifice himself because our players' fitness always comes first."

The result left Roma seventh on the Serie A table, three points back from fifth-placed Lazio.

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Three points would have been better, says Totti

9 April 2013 03:46

Francesco Totti said he would rather have secured three points for Roma instead of scoring his ninth derby goal.

Totti's 57th minute penalty tied him for the most goals in Rome derby history, but the side only took a point in the 1-1 draw with Lazio.

"I wanted (the record) so much, it is my most beautiful record. But I wanted the win more," he told Sky Sport Italia.

The former Italian international, who converted from the spot after Miralem Pjanic was taken down by Hernanes in the area, added that his side had not performed in the first 45 minutes.

"We threw it away in the first half," he said.

"Unfortunately we did not get into the game immediately and they put us under great difficulty."

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Petkovic upbeat despite derby draw

9 April 2013 01:48

Vladimir Petkovic remains in good spirits after Lazio earned a 1-1 draw with rivals Roma in Monday’s derby.

Hernanes put Lazio ahead in the 16th minute, but proceeded to miss a penalty kick early in the second half.

Francesco Totti then converted from the spot less than 10 minutes later as each team was forced to settle for a point.

"In the second half we had to calm the rhythm of the game down," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"But in the first half we had a lot of the ball, and that allowed us to dominate.

"We have shown a willingness to win here, but unfortunately we could only get a draw."

The result means Lazio failed to gain ground on Fiorentina and Milan who drew their match this weekend, and now sit seven points behind third-placed Milan.

With seven games to play, Lazio have one of the tougher schedules remaining, with games away to Udinese, Parma, Inter and Cagliari, while playing host to Juventus, Bologna and Sampdoria.

"I see the glass as half-full though," he said.

"I believe that the Champions League is still possible."

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +47 87
2 38 +37 78
3 38 +28 72
4 38 +28 70
5 38 +14 66
6 38 +15 62
7 38 +9 61
8 38 +4 56
9 38 -2 54
10 38 -1 49
11 38 -12 47
12 38 -15 45
13 38 -6 44
14 38 -8 42
15 38 -17 40
16 38 -9 39
17 38 -14 38
18 38 -20 32
19 38 -21 30
20 38 -57 22