Milan: Roma moved to within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli after squeezing past local rivals Lazio 2-1 on Saturday as Italy resumed domestic action following the World Cup disaster for the national team.
Eusebio Di Francesco's side moved to third in Serie A level on 30 points with Inter Milan ahead of Napoli's clash later with AC Milan after a hard-fought match decided by two goals in four second-half minutes from Diego Perotti and Radja Nainggolan.
“We showed great spirit, we are in wonderful form," said goalscorer Nainggolan.
The Belgium international was a doubt for the derby after picking up a groin injury during the international break but was the star of the show for Roma in midfield.
"I always want to help my teammates and I gave my all to be ready to play, as this is the kind of match you cannot miss."
Roma's fifth straight win saw them leapfrog Lazio, who drop down to fifth on 28 points after the derby defeat, ahead of Wednesday's trip to Atletico Madrid, where they could qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with a match to spare.
“This is a Roma side that is improving and has great belief," said coach Eusebio Di Francesco. "We've already turned our attentions to the game with Atletico Madrid."