Lazio edge Fiorentina to reach Coppa Italia semifinals

Lazio's Senad Lulic, center, celebrates with his teammate Felipe Anderson, left, after he scored during an Italian Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Crotone, in Rome's Olympic stadium, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

ROME — Lazio remained on course for its second trophy of the season after beating Fiorentina 1-0 on Tuesday to advance the Roman squad to the Italian Cup semifinals.

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 semifinals, Lazio will face Inter or AC Milan, who meet in a derby on Wednesday.

In the other quarterfinals next week, Napoli hosts Atalanta and Juventus meets Turin in another derby.

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