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Roma beats Lazio 2-1 in derby to secure 2nd in Serie A and direct entry into Champions League


ROME — Roma secured direct entry into the Champions League group phase with a 2-1 win over Lazio in a heated Serie A derby Monday that included three late goals.

French center back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa decided the match with a header following a free kick in the 85th minute — his first goal of the season.

Roma had taken the lead in the 73rd when Juan Manuel Iturbe chipped in from within the box. Substitute Filip Djordjevic then equalized in the 82nd with a header.

With one round remaining, second-place Roma moved four points clear of third-place Lazio, which has a three-point advantage over Napoli — its opponent next weekend.

Lazio needs at least a draw at Napoli to secure third and qualify for the final Champions League playoff round, in August.

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