Totti basks in the glow of 'beautiful' record
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Roma skipper Francesco Totti hailed his "most beautiful record" after he equalled the most career goals in a Rome derby during last night's 1-1 draw against Lazio. Totti cancelled out Hernanes' opener when he slid in a 56th-minute penalty to draw level with Dino Da Costa and Marco Delvecchio's derby record of nine goals.

The 36-year-old, who leapt the advertising hoardings to celebrate in front of the fans, leads Roma's all-time appearance and goalscoring charts but claimed levelling the goal record against his side's fiercest rivals was his most cherished mark. "I wanted (the record) so much. It is my most beautiful record," he told Sky Sport Italia.

Totti did admit, though, that failure to win left a sour taste. Lazio were reduced  to ten men when Giuseppe Biava saw red on 69 minutes but the hosts failed to take advantage to leave them seventh, three points behind their city rivals.

"I wanted the win," said Totti, who drew a sharp low save from Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti following a free-kick routine late on. We threw it away in the first half. Unfortunately we did not get into the game immediately and they put us under a lot of pressure."

I wanted this so much. It is my most beautiful record.
Francesco Totti on becoming Roma's all-time leading scorer in Rome derbies

Roma did ride their luck and could have been 2-0 down early in the second half only for Hernanes to put a penalty over the crossbar. "Hernanes' miss changed the game and we did better after that," Totti said.

Roma coach Aurelio Andreazzoli was content with his side's fightback after Hernanes' miss in what was his first derby since replacing Zdenek Zeman in February. "It was a great night, it's just a shame about the result," he said.

"I got a bit worried when they won the penalty which could have put them 2-0 ahead. It was good to see the team's reaction after that. It's a shame we were unable to give the fans the three points given all the chances we had."

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic refused to concede his side's UEFA Champions League hopes were over despite the draw leaving them seven points adrift of the qualification places. "We showed a willingness to win, but unfortunately we could only get a draw," he told Sky Sport Italia. "I see the glass as half full. I believe the Champions League is still possible."