Lazio beats bitter rival Roma 3-2 in Serie A
MILAN (AP) -Lazio came from behind to beat Roma 3-2 in a rain-drenched Serie A derby on Sunday in which both teams were reduced to 10 men.
Erik Lamela gave Roma a controversial lead in the ninth minute, but goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea allowed Antonio Candreva's equalizer to slip through his hands.
Miroslav Klose fired Lazio in front before Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi was sent off in first-half stoppage time for punching Stefano Mauri in the face.
A defensive howler from Roma right back Ivan Piris allowed Mauri to make it 3-1 to Lazio.
In a dramatic finale, Mauri was sent off for a second booking before substitute Miralem Pjanic pulled one back for Roma. However, Lazio clung on for its third successive derby victory.
Elsewhere, AC Milan missed a penalty in losing 3-1 against Fiorentina, and Napoli came from behind to beat Genoa 4-2.
In Rome, there were tributes before the match to Gabriele Sandri, the Lazio fan killed by a stray police bullet five years ago. Tensions were high and a Roma fan was stabbed outside the stadium before kickoff as trouble threatened to flare, with objects - including a Molotov cocktail - thrown across the heavy police cordon separating the rival fans.
On the pitch, play had to be halted for a few minutes as the floodlights failed.
When it did resume, Lamela headed in Francesco Totti's corner for his seventh goal in six games. Lazio players called for the goal to be disallowed for a push by Lamela on Senad Lulic.
Lazio leveled in the 35th with a stunning long-range free-kick from Candreva which slipped through Goicoechea's hands.
Klose gave Lazio the lead three minutes from halftime as he slotted in Hernanes' through ball.
Matters got worse for Roma minutes later as De Rossi became the 13th player to be sent off in nine matches between the two.
Lazio extended its lead immediately after the break as Roma's Piris headed an innocuous-looking long ball straight to Mauri on the edge of the area and the Lazio striker smashed it in.
Lazio seemed to be heading for a comfortable victory before Mauri was shown a second yellow for handball. Pjanic scored moments later with a free-kick from 30 meters after spotting Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti off his line.
Roma almost leveled deep in stoppage time after a fantastic pass from Michael Bradley which Pablo Osvaldo fired wide.
Milan was jeered off the pitch at halftime and fulltime after losing at home to Fiorentina.
Former Milan midfielder Alberto Aquilani gave Fiorentina the lead in the 10th minute but the home side should have leveled from the penalty spot after Alexandre Pato was bundled over by Facundo Roncaglia.
However, Pato blazed his spot kick way over the crossbar.
Minutes later Borja Valero scored his first goal for Fiorentina after sailing past Riccardo Montolivo and evading a poor challenge by Philippe Mexes.
Mexes redeemed himself somewhat on the hour mark with a backheel which bounced off the right post and straight to substitute Giampaolo Pazzini for an easy tap-in for the former Fiorentina star.
Milan threw everything forward but Mounir El Hamdaoui sealed the match two minutes from time with a stunning diagonal shot into the top right corner, moments after Mattia Cassani had hit the post.
There were fears Napoli's game would not go ahead with Genoa on lockdown amid flood warnings, following knock on effects from Hurricane Sandy.
However, the game went ahead and Genoa - which had lost all three games under Luigi Del Neri - stunned Napoli by taking the lead through Ciro Immobile.
Former Genoa defender Giandomenico Mesto leveled but Napoli was behind again moments later thanks to Luca Antonelli.
However, goals from Edinson Cavani - who scored four midweek - Marek Hamsik and Lorenzo Insigne turned the match around.
In the lunchtime fixture, Palermo beat fellow strugglers Sampdoria 2-0 with teenager Paulo Dybala notching his first goals in Serie A.
The 18-year-old forward was given a standing ovation when he was substituted in stoppage time.
The loss is Sampdoria's seventh successive defeat and could spell the end for coach Ciro Ferrara's brief time in charge.
Elsewhere, Gabriele Angella scored twice to help Udinese draw 2-2 at Chievo Verona. The defender also had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside.
Marco Andreolli had given Chievo the lead and Alberto Paloschi restored its advantage from the spot in his first game back after a lengthy injury layoff.
Chievo's Luciano had thumped an earlier penalty off the crossbar. Danilo was sent off late on after receiving two yellow cards for giving away both penalties.
Torino picked up its first victory in six games with a 1-0 win over Bologna, while Parma drew 0-0 at home to Siena.
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