On This Day – November 9, 2003: Roma Win the Derby with Mancini “God’s Back-Heel”

The Derby della Capitale between Roma and Lazio played on November 9, 2003, went down in history as the derby of Amantino Mancini’s Tacco di Dio (“God’s Back-Heel”).

Roma won the Derby 2-0 as 80 minutes of tense stalemate were broken by their Brazilian midfielder’s magic. As Antonio Cassano whipped the ball in the middle of the box from a free kick, Mancini jumped and had the sudden intuition of volleying it home with his back-heel, besting the Lazio goalkeeper Matteo Sereni in the process.

It was one of the most iconic goals scored in Serie A in the past few decades, if only because it made a difference in such an important game as the passionate Derby della Capitale.

Amantino Mancini played in Italy from 2003 to 2011. Although he also had some short stints with Venezia, Inter, and Milan, his Italian career his mostly linked to Roma, where he lived the glory days of Luciano Spalletti’s first term in the Giallorossi dugout.

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