Rome: A late glancing header from French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa earned Roma a stunning 2-1 victory over Lazio in a fiery city derby on Monday to secure the Giallorossi's automatic entry to the Champions League.
Roma's defender from France Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Lazio vs AS Roma in Roma. Pic/AFP
Hosts Lazio looked to have salvaged a share of the spoils at the Stadio Olimpico when late substitute Filip Djordjevic headed Miroslav Klose's headed cutback past Morgan Da Sanctis in the Roma goal to level Juan Iturbe's 73rd minute opener for the visitors.
The result would have secured at least a third place finish for Lazio and a place in the Champions League play-offs. But Yanga-Mbiwa turned the match on its head with a glancing header from a free kick five minutes from time to secure the points for Rudi Garcia's side.
The result leaves Roma in second place, 16 points behind recently-crowned champons Juventus but four ahead of Lazio with one game remaining this season.