SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, November 12, 2012
Michael Bradley started in his first Rome derby versus Lazio on Sunday, but the nominal visitors came up short in Serie A action.
SS Lazio 3 - 2 AS Roma
Michael Bradley made his third start in a row for Zdenek Zeman's team and went the full 90 in a losing effort.
Bradley and Roma were not only up against a hostile crowd and a talented team, but the elements as well with a torrential downpour soaking the field.
Roma got off to a fantastic start taking the lead after just nine minutes had elapsed as Erik Lamela got his head onto a cross from Danielle de Rossi and buried it past Lazio keeper Federico Marchetti.
Lazio drew even in the 35th minute through Antonio Candreva, who sent a free kick from about 25 yards out past Roma's Uruguayan keeper Mauro Goicoechea.
Miroslav Klose then put the home team up just before the break as the German reacted faster than his marker to get onto Hernanes' cross and put the ball in the back of the net from close range.
The home team then added a third in the 47th minute as Stefano Mauri profited from Ivan Piris' horrid clearance, which landed at the feet of the Italian striker at the edge of the box. Mauri collected, looked off Goicoechea and then curled home his right-footed effort.
Roma pulled one back late on as Miralem Pjanic spotted keeper Marchetti way off his line and buried an impressive free kick from 40 plus yards out in the 86th minute.
It was too little, too late for Roma, however as they dropped their third straight derby to Lazio.
Up next for Bradley and Roma is a home date versus FC Torino on Monday.