Two goals from Luis Alberto helped Lazio earn a 3-0 victory over third-placed AS Roma in the city derby on Friday, with Simone Inzaghi’s side up to seventh after a third Serie A win in a row.

Lazio made a lightning start and went ahead after 14 minutes, with Ciro Immobile capitalising on a woeful error from Roger Ibanez to score his 12th league goal of the season.

Roma looked stunned as Lazio kept committing plenty of players forward, and the pressure told as Luis Alberto swept home a well-taken second in the 23rd to double the advantage.

Former Liverpool winger Luis Alberto scored a goal in each half as Lazio thrashed Roma 3-0

Former Liverpool winger Luis Alberto scored a goal in each half as Lazio thrashed Roma 3-0

Ciro Immobile scored the opener in the 14th minute, to take his goalscoring tally to 12 strikes

Ciro Immobile scored the opener in the 14th minute, to take his goalscoring tally to 12 strikes

After the break, Roma still offered little in attack and Luis Alberto’s second put the game to bed in the 67th minute and made sure of a win that takes Lazio two points off the top four on 31 from 18 games before the rest of the weekend matches.

Roma remain in third place on 34 points, three behind second-placed Inter Milan and six adrift of leaders AC Milan, after their first defeat in their last five league games.

It was an impressive victory for Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi - their third victory in a row

It was an impressive victory for Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi – their third victory in a row

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