The Brazilian was decisive factor once again.Roma are through to the quarter finals of Coppa Italia after they overcame Lazio 2-1 at the Olimpico. After a fairly quiet first-half the game exploded into life after the break with Marco Borriello and Hernanes trading goals from the spot, before Fabio Simplicio decided the affair between the two archrivals with a fine finish.
Lazio were the more active team in the early minutes of the game with Mauro Zarate looking to cause trouble for the Giallorossi with his explosive pace. The Argentinian went close with a fine shot near the ten-minute mark and almost created a goal moments later when he picked out Libor Kozak with a fine ball, but John Arne Riise was there to remove the danger.
Kozak was at the centre off all the action in the 21st minute as well as he was denied the opener from point-blank range by Julio Sergio. The tempo of the game dropped somehow in the following minutes although Lazio continued to be the better team and looked pretty much in control.
Zarate could have broken the deadlock in the 33rd minute, but he poorly struck the ball from a great position after a great run. The last chance of the game was for the Aquile again and it came moments before the half-time whistle when Hernanes blasted a free-kick right into Julio Sergio's hands from distance.
The Giallorossi drastically improved their game after the break and were looking increasingly dangerous in attack. In the 52th minute Stephan Lichtsteiner handballed in Lazio's box and Borriello made no mistake from the spot.
The Aquile response was quick, however, as four minutes later Juan was a penalised for a sliding tackle on Zarate in Roma's penalty area. Hernanes kept his cool and sent the ball into the lower left corner to level the game. The tempo once again dropped after the game was drawn level, although Roma did look like the more likely to make things happen.
It is never boring when Jeremy Menez is around and the Frenchman proved that yet again when in the 76 minute he went on a blazing run, only to be stopped by Stefan Radu, who ruined the good work by gifting the ball to the lurking Simplicio, who coolly slotted past Tommaso Berni.
Lazio tried to launch a late comeback, but were ultimately unable to get back into the game despite going close on a couple of occasions through substitute Sergio Floccari.
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