Lazio 3-0 Roma: Derby della Capitale dominated

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Italians celebrate trophy with PSG

Italy internationals Alessandro Florenzi, Marco Verratti and Moise Kean are celebrating after winning the French Supercup with Paris Saint-Germain.

While Verratti has a packed trophy cabinet from his time at the club, this was the first taste of silverware for former Roma full-back Florenzi.

PSG’s social media accounts used that fact to mock rivals Olympique Marseille, who were beaten 2-1 in the Final last night.

The caption on the photograph of Florenzi being thrown by his teammates was a reference to Marseille star Dimitri Payet, who is still without a single trophy in 15 years of his career.

“A first trophy for… Alessandro Florenzi, who can now fill his cabinet, unlike others…”

Florenzi joined PSG on loan with option to buy in September 2020, while Kean is on a dry loan from Everton.

The veteran already has two goals in 19 competitive games for the French champions this season.

Teenage hitman Kean made a huge impression with 11 goals in just 19 games for Paris Saint-Germain.


Coppa: Napoli pushed hard by Empoli

Napoli were forced to fight to the very end in a five-goal thriller, eventually pushing past Empoli 3-2 and setting up a Coppa Italia quarter-final with Roma or Spezia.

Kalidou Koulibaly was back in the starting XI for the first time since his injury last month, but Empoli saw coach Alessio Dionisi and three players – Leonardo Mancuso, Roberto Pirrello and Szymon Zurkowski – ordered into self-isolation hours before the game. They all tested negative for COVID, but were in close contact with someone who was positive.

Chucky Lozano forced the first fingertip save out from under the bar, but Lozano turned assist man for the goal, putting in a cross from the left for a Giovanni Di Lorenzo diving header from 12 yards. It was a special goal for the defender against his former club.

Empoli very nearly got a spectacular equaliser when the Ryder Matos overhead kick clipped the top of the crossbar with Alex Meret beaten.

Eljif Elmas forced a save, but the visitors got their equaliser with a wonderful finish, as Nedim Bajrami curled into the far bottom corner with a right-foot strike from a tricky angle.

Lozano pounced on a Zappella defensive error and immediately smashed the scorching strike into the far top corner from almost 20 metres out.

Matteo Politano’s deflected strike landed on the roof of the net, but Empoli drew level yet again with Bajrami. It was another ferocious effort from outside the box, which bounced in off the inside of the far post.

Napoli poured forward and Lozano intercepted a poor back-pass, but Lorenzo Insigne ballooned over an open goal, then the Mexico international flashed a shot across the face of goal to skim the far post.

Jacopo Furlan got one hand to the Fabian Ruiz effort, then on a corner, Samuele Ricci cleared Amir Rrahmani’s header off the line, but Andrea Petagna bundled the rebound in from a yard.

Fabian Ruiz thought he’d sealed it with a rocket that thumped the upright with Furlan stranded. It left the tie open and Stefano Moreo’s volley flashed just over the bar, while a mad scramble in the Napoli box during stoppages created panic.

Napoli 3-2 Empoli

Di Lorenzo 18 (N), Bajrami 33, 68 (E), Lozano 38 (N), Petagna 77 (N)

Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Demme (Bakayoko 88), Lobotka (Fabian Ruiz 69); Politano (Insigne 61), Elmas (Zielinski 69), Lozano; Petagna (Llorente 88)

Empoli: Furlan, Viti, Casale, Terzi (Asllani 85), Zappella; Ricci, Damiani, Haas (Cambiaso 62); Bajrami (Baldanzi 85); Matos (Moreo 62), Olivieri (La Mantia 72)

Ref: Giua


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Correa back for the Derby, Lulic almost recovered

Lazio will have Joaquin Correa back for the Derby against Roma, whilst captain Senad Lulic on the way to full recovery.

Tuttomercatoweb reports the latest report from Lazio training at Formello, where Correa worked in the group before he finished off with individual work.

The outlet reveals he will be back for the Derby della Capitale on Friday, but Mohamed Fares, who also struggle with a calf injury, is just behind the attacker.

Lulic scored in a training match and the 34-year-old captain is on his way to full recovery.

The Bosnian’s contract expires in June, but Simone Inzaghi should replace Djavan Anderson’s name on the list with the veteran midfielder.

Lulic was excluded from the list when he needed ankle surgery and is set to return to the squad again this winter.