Lazio stay on trophy course
ROME, Italy (AP):
Lazio remained on course for their second trophy of the season after beating Fiorentina 1-0 yesterday to advance the Roman squad to the Italian Cup semi-finals.
Captain Senad Lulic scored early on with an expert cut back and angled shot from inside the area.
Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha preserved the advantage by pushing wide a curling shot from Federico Chiesa midway through the second half on Fiorentina's only significant chance.
Coach Simone Inzaghi's side already upset Juventus to win the Italian Super Cup in August and was runner-up to Juventus in last season's Italian Cup.
"This is a competition we believe in," Lazio midfielder Marco Parolo said. "We want to play in another final."
The match was the first of many in Italy this week as part of an experiment of playing during the holidays.
In the semi-finals, Lazio will face Inter or AC Milan, who meet in a derby today.
In the other quarter-finals next week, Napoli host Atalanta and Juventus meet Turin in another derby.