The Rome derby never disappoints, and it certainly didn’t today as Lazio and Roma went toe-to-toe in a top-3 Serie A clash.
So what happened at Stadio Olimpico? Just a brace from 38-year-old Francesco Totti, brilliant crosses from injury-returnee Kevin Strootman and young Brazilian Felipe Anderson, and a selfie celebration. Nothing to see here, move along.
Lazio, clad in “Je Suis Charlie” kits, started out in stunning fashion as Roma looked sluggish in the first half. Anderson was a monster down the left-hand side, completing 5 of an attempted 7 take-ons down the left flank in the opponent’s half. He delivered a brilliant chipped cross to Stefano Mauri bursting through the middle, and the 35-year-old midfielder completed a sliding finish for a quality opener.
But while Mauri wouldn’t be the oldest star of this game, the 21-year-old Anderson wasn’t done. He ripped an effort from outside the box that found its target – the lower right-hand corner.
It went into halftime Lazio 2-0 up, but Roma was energized after the break. Rudi Garcia brought on Kevin Strootman, only recently returned from his ACL tear, and he made an immediate impact. It was his turn for a pinpoint cross from the left edge, as the ball eluded Stefan Radu and found Totti at the back post for at tap-in just three minutes after the halftime break.
But don’t worry, Totti left the best for last. Roma would find their equalizer in the 64th minute as another lovely cross came in, this time from 30-year-old German (what’s with all the old guys?) and first-year Roma defender Jose Holebas, and Totti finished with a stunning leaping first-touch volley.
So how did the 38-year-old celebrate his leveler? By taking a selfie with the Roma fans, obviously.
That man is a legend. Think your father knows how to take a selfie? Well this 38-year-old does. Get with the times, man. The match would finish 2-2, a fitting end to an exciting affair. The Rome derby never disappoints.
Here’s the selfie result! He missed the fans, but nailed the duck face.