A history of how Roma have fared in derbies directly before international breaks

The Derby Della Capitale between Roma and Lazio tends to be one of the fiercest clashes in European football where players leave everything on the line.

The fall-out from any derby game can be long-lasting, but even more so when there is a while before the next match.

Here, Giallorossi Yorkshire highlights the six times in the 21st Century that Roma have played Lazio in their last fixture before an international break.

12/11/23: Lazio 0-0 Roma

Ahead of the final international break of 2023, Roma played out a fairly dull goalless draw with Lazio, mustering up one shot on target only (other than a disallowed Bryan Cristante goal). The draw thankfully prevented Lazio from winning three derbies in a row, but did not stop Roma’s run of failing to score in those three games.

19/3/23: Lazio 1-0 Roma

Both derbies in the 2022-23 season finished as 1-0 losses to Lazio. The second, which came after a goalless midweek draw with Real Sociedad in the Europa League and preceded the first international break after the 2022 World Cup, included a red card for Roger Ibanez. Roma bounced back after the break with three consecutive league wins.

20/3/22: Roma 3-0 Lazio

Roma earned their biggest derby win in almost six years when overpowering Lazio to claim a 3-0 triumph in March 2022. Tammy Abraham scored within a minute of kick off and added a second before a sublime Lorenzo Pellegrini free kick made it three before half time. To date, this is the only derby Jose Mourinho has won for Roma and it was the ninth result in a 12-match unbeaten run in Serie A.

1/9/19: Lazio 1-1 Roma

The first derby of Paulo Fonseca’s reign came very early into his debut season in charge of the club, on just the second matchday. Thanks in part to an Aleksandar Kolarov penalty against his former club, it ended 1-1 and the same score would be repeated when the rivalry resumed later that season. In the first match after the September break, Fonseca picked up his first win as Roma boss, against Sassuolo.

8/11/15: Roma 2-0 Lazio

Despite having a different manager for each fixture, Roma did the double over Lazio in the 2015-16 season. Rudi Garcia’s final derby before being replaced by Luciano Spalletti was a 2-0 win with goals from Edin Dzeko and Gervinho, backing up the manager’s infamous reference that you don’t play derbies, you win them. Sadly, Garcia couldn’t win any of Roma’s next seven matches across all competitions after the November break; in fact, this result was his penultimate win before being sacked in January 2016.

9/11/03: Roma 2-0 Lazio

The last derby Fabio Capello won for Roma (he would draw the reverse fixture later in his farewell season) was in November 2003. The decisive goals came from Mancini and Emerson within the final 10 minutes of normal time as Roma maintained an unbeaten run in Serie A after the first nine league games of the season (which would eventually stretch to 14).

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