Lazio advance to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia following their tight 1-0 win over Udinese tonight.
Maurizio Sarri’s side struggled to break the deadlock this evening, despite having significantly more of the ball than their opponents. Eventually a long ball by Danilo Cataldi met a charging Ciro Immobile, who chipped the Udinese shot stopper to give the Biancocelesti the win.
- Lazio (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Manuel Lazzari, Luiz Felipe, Patric, Adam Marusic; Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Vedat Muriqi, Mattia Zaccagni.
- Udinese (3-5-2): Marco Silvestri; Nehuen Perez, Rodrigo Becao, Martin Zeegelaar; Brandon Soppy, Lazar Samardzic, Mato Jajalo, Walace, Destiny Udogie; Ignacio Pussetto, Isaac Success.
It was a fairly passive first half at the Stadio Olimpico, with Lazio having the better of the initial chances and Udinese having a few attempts of their own, in an otherwise forgettable 45 minutes.
The second half started the same as the first finished, with both sides again sharing a few innocuous chances.
Lazio had a late chance with Milinkovic-Savic and Moro, but neither could break the deadlock, forcing the match to extra time.
8 minutes into the first half of extra time, Arslan’s free kick hit the post, giving the Biancocelesti a late scare.
Moments after the second half of extra time started, Immobile met a wonderful long ball from Cataldi, ran on and chipped Silvestri to make it 1-0.
Udinese desperately searched for an equaliser, but their efforts ultimately came up fruitless. Lazio’s win means that they will face AC Milan in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia.