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      18.05.2015 16:19 - in: Coppa Italia S

      Lazio’s route to the final

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      From Bassano Virtus to Napoli - the full story behind the Biancocelesti’s journey to this year’s Coppa Italia final

      Third round

      Lazio 7-0 Bassano Virtus, 24 August 2014, Stadio Olimpico

      Lazio ushered in their Coppa Italia campaign with a comfortable win over Lega Pro outfit Bassano Virtus, who were dispatched by a 7-0 scoreline the week before the Serie A campaign got underway.

      It took until the first minute of the second half for Lazio to break the deadlock, Antonio Candreva rifling home a strong right-footed attempt to shatter Bassano Virtus resistance. This sparked the opening of the floodgates and Balde Diao Keita made it two moments later from the penalty spot.

      Stefan de Vrij took advantage of hesitation in the visitors’ rearguard to make it three on the hour mark, with Keita hitting his second and Lazio’s fourth of the night eight minutes later.

      Marco Parolo and Dusan Basta added to the scoreline as the game edged towards its closing stages but there was still time for more goalmouth action as substitute Miroslav Klose rounded off an enjoyable night for the Biancocelesti by sweeping home in injury time.

      Fourth round

      Lazio 3-0 Varese, 2 December 2014, Stadio Olimpico

      Stefano Pioli’s men kept their Coppa Italia bandwagon rolling on when Serie B side Varese ventured to the capital, securing a success that was all but wrapped up with two first-half goals in the space of as many minutes.

      On-loan Milan defender Stefan Simic handed the Biancocelesti an advantage when he turned past his own goalkeeper on 24 minutes, with Filip Djordjevic striking two minutes later.  

      Two became three ten minutes from the end when Felipe Anderson slotted home, extinguishing any faint hopes of a Varese comeback.

      Last 16

      Torino 1-3 Lazio, 14 January 2014, Stadio Olimpico

      Lazio marched into the Coppa Italia last eight with an impressive 3-1 away win over Torino at the Stadio Olimpico.

      Keita got the ball rolling on 13 minutes when he struck past Daniele Padelli after weaving his way through the Torino rearguard. Klose then doubled the visitors’ lead shortly before the half-hour mark when he slid in to convert from a matter of yards.

      Josef Martinez pulled one back for the Granata four minutes into the restart but Lazio soon reestablished their two-goal cushion, Ledesma slotting home from the spot after Klose was upended in the box.

      Quarter-finals

      Milan 0-1 Lazio, 27 January 2015, San Siro

      Lucas Biglia’s 38th-minute penalty, awarded following a handball in the box from Michelangelo Albertazzi, was enough to book the Biancocelesti’s place in the competition’s final four.

      Milan piled on the pressure in the second half after Lorik Cana was given his marching orders on the stroke of half-time, but Pioli’s men held firm to set up a semi-final showdown with holders Napoli.

      Semi-final first leg

      Lazio 1-1 Napoli, 4 March 2015, Stadio Olimpico

      Napoli grabbed a precious away goal in their two-legged semi-final with Lazio after Manolo Gabbiadini netted a second-half equaliser in the capital.

      All appeared to be going according to plan for the hosts when Klose side-footed home past Mariano Andujar on 33 minutes.

      But the Partenopei stuck to their task and came away with a share of the spoils through Gabbiadini’s leveller shortly ahead of the hour mark.

      Semi-final second leg

      Napoli 0-1 Lazio, 8 April 2015, San Paolo

      A late Senad Lulic goal enabled Lazio to silence the San Paolo and secure their place in the Coppa Italia final against Juventus

      Rafael Benitez’s men dominated for heavy spells of the encounter but were unable to convert their possession into chances and paid the ultimate price when Lulic steered Anderson’s cross home from inside the penalty area on 79 minutes.

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