Lazio shoot Inter out


Feb 2, 2019-

Mauro Icardi’s last-gasp penalty in extra-time forced a shootout, but Radja Nainggolan missed as Lazio eliminated Inter Milan to reach the Italian Cup semi-finals on Thursday.

Lucas Leiva converted the decisive penalty for a 5-4 win at the San Siro after the match had finished 1-1 following extra time. Ciro Immobile had broken the deadlock after 108 minutes when he blasted in following an exchange with Felipe Caicedo.

But there was more drama with Inter awarded a contested penalty after 125 minutes when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fouled Danilo D’Ambrosio. Inter skipper Icardi cooly slotted in with the last kick of extra-time to revive home hopes.

But Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha saved Lautaro Martinez’s effort and got his fingers to Nainggolan’s kick which went high before Leiva scored the winner. “We deserved to go through and should have won earlier, but it was almost snatched away from us,” said Immobile. “Now we hope to get revenge on Milan.”

Lazio lost the Italian Cup semi-final to Milan on penalties last season. The victory replicates Lazio’s 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in the Italian Cup quarter-finals exactly two years ago.

Published: 02-02-2019 12:17

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