DZEKO HAPPY WITH DERBY DEBUT
The forward was thrilled with how his first Rome
derby panned out, stating it could not have gone
Roma striker Edin Dzeko feels his first derby
against Lazio was "as good as it gets" after he
started and scored in a 2-0 victory on Sunday.
The summer arrival from Manchester City won
and converted an early penalty after being
fouled by Santiago Gentiletti, with Gervinho's
second-half strike sealing the win.
Felipe Anderson later hit the crossbar for
Lazio but Rudi Garcia's side were able to hang
on and stay within a point of the top of Serie A,
with Dzeko delighted with his contributions.
"My performance? I am certainly very happy. I
played my first derby, I won and I scored,"
Dzeko told reporters. "It's good as it gets!
"This is a special day. Not just for me, but for
all of the players experiencing their first taste of
the derby. It was vital to get the win.
"I think we played very well in the first half and
we could have scored a few more goals, while
Lazio's only chance that I can remember was
the time they hit the bar.
"We certainly started out well and pressed hard
because the derby is a special game and we
were keen to win it.
"The win is going to be an injection of
confidence. After this victory we can keep
going, trying to win all the ones after it too. It
will not be easy so we will go one game at a
Contact on the controversial penalty awarded to
him appeared to be made outside the area, and
Dzeko admitted he is unsure exactly where the
incident took place.
"It was a clear foul but I really don't know if it
was inside or just outside the box," the 29-
"The referee decided to give a penalty, so let's
respect his decision. As I say, it was definitely a
The victory means Roma have won six of their
last eight matches in all competitions, with
the Giallorossi next returning to action with an
away game against Bologna following the
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