Juventus Knock Lazio Out of Coppa Italia in Quarter-Final Clash

A downtrodden Juventus knocked a rising Lazio out of the Coppa Italia with a sufficient 1-0 victory over Maurizio Sarri’s side.

The Bianconeri have been in a state of disarray this season, stemming from the Turin Public Prosecutor Office’s ongoing Prisma investigation, which is examining both alleged falsified capital gains and market manipulation, born from secret payment agreements with players during the early stages of the COVID pandemic.

Juventus were recently handed a 15-point deduction by the FIGC court and could face further sanctions as a result of the Prisma investigation, throwing the club into chaos. On the pitch, things haven’t been much more inspiring, with recent losses to Monza and Napoli hurting.

Lazio have started to develop some form after their sluggish start to the year and looked fired up heading into their Coppa Italia quarter-final clash in Turin, even if the real goal for this season is to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.

On a chilly night in the Piedmont capital, an almost-full strength Lazio side faced off against a Juventus side that could count on key attacking figures Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa, both recently returning from injury.

Sarri’s side put in a good shift at the Allianz Stadium but a good header from Gleison Bremer and a moment of poor goalkeeping from backup Luis Maximiano allowed Massimiliano Allegri’s team to take a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute.

The Biancocelesti tried to fight back in the second half but their efforts were mostly in vain, struggling to break down the Bianconeri defence and failing to create any significant chances.

It was a relatively lacklustre display from Lazio and they’ll be hoping to shrug their Coppa Italia exit off ahead of their next clash against Hellas Verona on 6th February.

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