Lazio 0-1 Juventus: Lichtsteiner sends Bianconeri through to Coppa Italia semi-finals
Juventus defeated Lazio 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday evening in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, setting up a final four clash with Inter.
Stephan Lichtsteiner scored the game’s only goal with the aid of goal-line technology.
The first attempt came after just four minutes when Lichtsteiner found space for a shot, curling into the arms of a grateful Etrit Berisha.
Just prior to the quarter-hour mark the home side finally conjured up a good chance. Keita Balde Diao was played in via a lobbed through-ball but elected to hammer a shot into the side netting instead of squaring to an open Antonio Candreva at the far post.
In the 25th minute Juventus finally found themselves back behind the Lazio defence only for Simone Zaza to fail to force Berisha into action.
The final moment of note came when Alvaro Morata burst into the box and appeared to have been pulled down but the referee rightly waved away the protests from the Spaniard.
It looked as though Zaza would bag the game’s opening goal, Morata forcing Berisha into a low save leaving the striker with the goal at his mercy, however he took the striker while off balance, resulting in a poor miss.
Zaza would play his part in the opener though after the hour, striking a shot against the post that fell to the former Lazio man in the shape of Lichtsteiner. The Swiss full-back managed to steer attempt on goal that Berisha clawed away but the goal was correctly awarded.
The Bianconeri should have doubled their lead moments later via Stefano Sturaro yet he rushed his chance and dragged the shot wide.
Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic both had late chances to add a second, but Berisha stood strong to concede just one despite his side’s exit from the Italian cup.