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Lazio outlasts Roma on aggregate, reach 3rd Coppa final in 5 years

Lazio ended a four-year wait for a win over their cross-town rivals Roma as the former outlasted the latter 4-3 on aggregate to book their third Coppa Italia final berth in the last five years.

Simone Inzaghi’s side lost the second leg 2-3 but a 2-0 aggregate lead built a month earlier meant that Lazio will be the capital side who advances and will face the winner between Juventus and Napoli in the other semi-final match.

“I was very confident,” said Inzaghi, who will celebrate his birthday hours after the match. “We know we’ve done something extraordinary.”

‘My guys were great. They have given me the best birthday of my life.”

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ciro Immobile, the heroes of last month’s 2-0 win, once again stepped up for Lazio, as the pair struck the goals that gave their team the lift needed to go through.

Milinkovic-Savic opened the scoreboard in the 37th minute, but Roma’s Stephan El Shaarawy leveled the match two minutes before the break.

Immobile gave Lazio a 4-1 aggregate lead four minutes before the hour mark but Mohamed Salah equalised the game again ten minutes later.

Roma threatened to steal the finals berth late in the match but Salah could only muster one more goal to give the hosts the win, though it would be for naught as Lazio escaped with the aggregate advantage and will go to their third Coppa final in five years.

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It will be Lazio’s third trip to the Coppa Italia final in the last five seasons, following their loss to Juve in 2015 and their win over Roma in 2013.

Midfielder Senad Lulic, who scored the winner in the 2013 final, is still with the team along with Stefan Radu. Thoma Strakosha, who spent the 2013 final as a sub, is now starting some matches in place of the veteran Federico Marchetti.