Lazio triumphed 3-1 at Roma in a controversial derby in Serie A on Sunday to leave their neighbours in the capital looking nervously over their shoulders.

Roma remain second, nine points behind Juventus with four games left, but third-placed Napoli can move to within one point of Roma with a win at Inter Milan later on Sunday.

Fourth-placed Lazio moved just four behind Napoli after two goals from Keita Balde Diao and another from Dusan Basta handed them a first derby win in the league in nearly five years.

Keita Balde scored a brace as Lazio pulled off a crucial derby win over bitter rivals Roma
Keita Balde scored a brace as Lazio pulled off a crucial derby win over bitter rivals Roma
Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi (R) celebrated with his team on the pitch at the full-time whistle
Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi (R) celebrated with his team on the pitch at the full-time whistle

Roma had leveled through Daniele De Rossi’s penalty after Wallace was harshly judged to have tripped Kevin Strootman.

Roma defender Antonio Rudiger was sent off in stoppage time for a dangerous challenge on Filip Djordjevic.

Lazio made a late change before kickoff when Ciro Immobile pulled out ill during the warmup and was replaced by Jordan Lukaku.

Roma were out for revenge after losing the Italian Cup semifinal to their bitter rivals and Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha was forced into early saves to deny Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah.

The derby was likely to be the last one for Roma club legend Francesco Totti
The derby was likely to be the last one for Roma club legend Francesco Totti
Daniele De Rossi briefly pulled Roma back into the clash after converting from the penalty spot
Daniele De Rossi briefly pulled Roma back into the clash after converting from the penalty spot

However, it was Lazio who took the lead with its first sight of goal in the 12th minute as Keita got away from Federico Fazio just inside the area and his shot went through Emerson Palmieri’s legs and into the near bottom corner.

Keita almost turned provider in the 36th but Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny did well to tip Marco Parolo’s effort around his post.

Lazio felt they should have had a penalty earlier when Fazio appeared to foul Lukaku but it was Roma which was awarded a spot kick just before halftime.

Televsion replays showed Wallace did not touch Strootman’s ankle when the Netherlands midfielder went down in the area.

De Rossi stepped up and calmly sent the penalty into the bottom right corner.

Roma players were left dejected after squandering the chance to make ground on Juventus
Roma players were left dejected after squandering the chance to make ground on Juventus

Roma almost took the lead shortly after the break when Salah found Dzeko but Strakosha pulled off another great save.

And it was Lazio which restored their advantage three minutes later as Basta’s strike from just outside the area was deflected past Szczesny by Fazio.

Basta hadn’t scored in 79 Serie A games, since another goal against Roma for Udinese in March 2014.

Lazio looked the likelier to score again and did so five minutes from time. Senad Lulic sprinted down the left and into the area before rolling across for an unmarked Keita to sidefoot home from close range.

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