The game was one of few chances, with neither side willing to throw their full attacking might at the other until the dying moments - leaving Roma breathing a sigh of relief as the teams either side of them in third and fifth failed to make them pay for dropping two points against Sassuolo earlier in the day.
Both sides made a small handful of changes from their midweek Coppa Italia ties,
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Strakosha came to Lazio's rescue again near the hour mark, palming a vicious strike from Valero onto the post before the game's most controversial moment arrived - referee
One trip to the VAR booth later though, and the decision was overturned; replays showing that the ball only hit the Slovakian defender's arm after bouncing off his leg, leaving him no time to avoid touching the ball.
Felipe Anderson had a fantastic chance to snatch a winner with just ten minutes remaining, firing wide from the edge of the six-yard box when it looked easier to score after being set up brilliantly by Immobile.