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January 29, 2013
• Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Referee: L. Banti
• Attendance: 32277
Á. González 53'
S. Floccari 90'+
Lazio win Aggregate 3 - 2
A. Vidal 90'+
Right I am off for a lie down after that utterly incredible finish. Make sure to check out Goal.com for reports,rating and reaction to tonight's action. I think Antonio Conte may have a thing or two to say about the treatment of Sebastian Giovinco tonight. Serie A action will be back at the weekend but until then, thanks for joining me, Harry Slavin, and arrivederci!
Vladimir Petkovic will have to wait until April to discover the indentity of their opponents as tomorrow's clash between Inter and Roma has been postponed due to the Stadio Olimpico being used for the Six Nations this weekend. Roma take a slender lead into that second leg and I don't think anyone would complain about a Rome City derby in the final. Sounds good to me.
So Lazio go through to their seventh Coppa Italia Final thanks to strikes from Gonzalez and Floccari, with Vidal response for Juventus in vain. By the way, Every time Lazio have knocked Juventus out of the Coppa Italia, they've gone on to win it. Not a bad omen for the Biancocelesti.
A truly astonishing end to a tight contest. Lazio probably did just about deserve their victory this evening but in reality it should be Juventus coming back to the Stadio Olimpico in May after Claudio Marchisio's amazing miss at the end. That will be a hard one to take for the Bianconeri.
FT LAZIO 2-1 JUVENTUS. That. Was. Madness. What on earth just happened? A game that offered very little in the way of goalscoring chances in 90 minutes saw two defences self implode in the last six! Arturo Vidal thought He'd rescued extra-time for Juventus but Floccari sent the Rome side through moments later. And what about Marchisio's miss?!! Incredible scenes.
90' + 6'
Yellow CardAndrè Dias
90' + 3'
Yellow CardSergio Floccari
90' + 3'
90' + 2'
Yellow CardLeonardo Bonucci
Yellow CardSebastian Giovinco
Yellow CardArturo Vidal
Right, the teams are back out. Let's see if Antonio Conte's men are willing to crank up the pressure in search of that vital away goal. Remember, the Bianconeri need to score to stand any chance of landing a place in the Final.
So as things stand Lazio are on course to make their seventh Coppa Italia Final and their first since 2009. Who did they beat over two legs in the Seme Final on the way to their 2009 success I hear you ask? Why it was only Juventus!
That was a truly tetchy half of football. Both teams are still more concerned about not conceding rather than trying to find a way past their opponents. That will have to change in the second half though. Juventus know they need to find a goal from somewhere.
HALFTIME LAZIO 0-0 JUVENTUS. The visitors should be ahead after that frantic end to the half. Those really were a couple of great chances for their attacking duo but neither Vucinic or Giovinco could take them. Will the Old Lady be made to rue those misses?
Yellow CardAbdoulay Konko
Yellow CardM. Isla
Arturo Vidal is moving freely again, much to the annoyance of the Lazio team. Klose clips him from behind as the Chilean begins to find his feet in midfield once more.
Lazio make their first meaningful foray downfield but it's ended by Hernanes's theatrical fall in the box. The Brazilian at least has the sense not to protest.
A series of corners for Juve is ended by the awarding of a free kick for the Bianconeri for a foul by Gonzalez on Giovinco. The little striker picks himself up and duly smashes the ball over the bar from a tight angle.
Vucinic is adamant he should have a penalty and I can see why. He's played into the box and beats Marchetti to the ball and is definitely brought down. A corner is given though. Lucky escape for the hosts.
It's been a committed opening spate of play at the Stadio Olimpico as Arturo Vidal has to go off for some treatment after a hefty challenge with Hernanes. He's back on but doesn't looked to have run off the injury just yet.
Yellow CardEmanuele Giaccherini
Federico Marchetti is forced to concede and early corner when he's chased down by Emanuele Giaccherini. Juventus look up for this.
We are now underway in our search for this season's first Coppa Italia finalist. Lazio have turned out in their traditional sky blue strips. Juventus have opted for an all black number.
The sides are both out and Luca Banti is about to get us underway at the Stadio Olimpico.
Lazio aren't holding back themselves either. Miroslav Klose, who has 10 league goals to his name so far this season, starts up top, while last week's saviour Stefano Mauri continues in midfield.
So Sebastian Giovinco returns to the starting line up for a Juventus team that badly need goals tonight. They'll need to try and get past Federico Marchetti all over again, and going by last week's match, that's going to prove a tough ask.
And this is how the Bianconeri line up. JUVENTUS; Storari; Barzagli, Bonucci, Peluso; Isla, Vidal, Marrone, Giaccherini, Padoin; Giovinco, Vucinic.SUBS: Buffon, Rubinho, Caceres, Lichtsteiner, De Ceglie, Pirlo, Marchisio, Pogba, Quagliarella, Matri.
Let's get some team news for you then, starting with the hosts. LAZIO; Marchetti; Biava, Dias, Ciani; Konko, Gonzalez, Ledesma, Hernanes, Radu; Mauri; Klose. SUBS: Bizzarri, Carrizo, Cavanda, Cana, Stankevicius, Zauri, Lulic, Brocchi, Candreva, Floccari, Kozak, Rozzi.
Both sides suffered disappointing results in Serie A at the weekend in the run up to this game, with Juventus held at home by a gritty Genoa side, while Lazio lost their 16 match unbeaten run after a shock defeat at home to Chievo. Which team is going to turn their fortunes around this evening?
Last week's 1-1 draw at Juventus Stadium saw Stefano Mauri equalise for Lazio in the dying minutes of game that the Old Lady should have put to bed. As it stands they go into tonight's match knowing that they need to score to stand any chance of making their 15th Coppa Italia Final.
It's been a week since these two heavyweights of Italian football locked horns in the first-leg of their Coppa Italia Semi Final clash. Juventus and Lazio couldn't be separated on that occasion but something will have to give in tonight's second-leg as both go in search of a place in this season's Final. I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be here to take you through all the action from the Stadio Olimpico.
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