Im­mo­bile puts Lazio closer to Ital­ian Cup fi­nal

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ROME: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ciro Im­mo­bile gave Lazio a de­served 2-0 win over bit­ter city ri­vals Roma in the first leg of their Ital­ian Cup semi-fi­nal at a half-full Sta­dio Olimpico.

The re­sult made Lazio the favourites to reach the fi­nal where they are likely to face Ju­ven­tus who beat Napoli 3-1 in their open­ing leg 24 hours ear­lier.

De­spite the win, Lazio’s joy was tem­pered by ac­cu­sa­tions that their fans made ‘mon­key noises’ at Roma’s Ger­man in­ter­na­tional de­fender An­to­nio Rudi­ger.

An an­nounce­ment was made threat­en­ing to sus­pend the game if the abuse con­tin­ued.

“I didn’t hear any­thing,” said Lazio coach Simone In­za­ghi. “If that hap­pened, it was cer­tainly wrong and can­not be jus­ti­fied.”

Ser­bian mid­fielder MilinkovicSavic had al­ready seen one ef­fort saved by Brazil­ian keeper Alis­son be­fore he found the tar­get on the half-hour mark.

Felipe Anderson cre­ated the goal, sprint­ing down the left and past hap­less de­fender Fed­erico Fazio be­fore pulling the ball back for Milinkovic-Savic to score from close range.

Roma al­most equalised straight­away but an Edin Dzeko header trimmed the cross­bar.

Roma’s Egypt in­ter­na­tional Mo­hamed Salah also saw a shot hit the post in the sec­ond half be­fore Lazio grabbed their sec­ond goal in the 78th minute.

This time Sene­galese winger Keita Balde was the in­spi­ra­tion, sprint­ing away from a host of de­fend­ers to cross for the un­marked Im­mo­bile to side­foot the ball past the out of po­si­tion Alis­son.

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