2016/17 Italian Coppa Italia, Semifinals
  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (29')
  • Ciro Immobile (78')
1st Leg
1st Leg

Milinkovic-Savic, Immobile help Lazio to first-leg advantage over Roma

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic helped Lazio beat Roma for the first time since the 2013 Coppa Italia final. Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

ROME -- Lazio won their first derby in nearly four years as they edged city rival Roma 2-0 in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal on Wednesday.

Lazio hadn't beaten Roma since the Coppa final in 2013 but goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ciro Immobile ensured they ended a run of four successive defeats to their bitter rival.

Both teams had early chances in an entertaining match and Roma striker Edin Dzeko almost scored with less than two minutes on the clock but his effort was deflected over the bar.

Lazio took the lead on the half-hour with a move started and finished by Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbian midfielder sent Felipe Anderson sprinting into the area and then rushed in himself to collect the return pass at the near post and fire into the back of the net.

Dzeko should have leveled immediately but he headed Radja Nainggolan's cross over the bar.

Roma went even closer on the hour when Mohamed Salah's snapshot crashed off the outside of the near post.

Lazio thought they had doubled their lead seven minutes later, but Immobile's effort was ruled out for offside.

Immobile did get on the scoresheet in the 78th minute. Keita Balde Diao did well to steal the ball off Roma defender Kostas Manolas and cut inside the right side of the penalty area before rolling across for Immobile at the back post for the easiest of tap-ins.

The return leg will be played on April 5. The winner will meet holder Juventus or Napoli in the final. Juventus beat Napoli 3-1 in their semifinal on Tuesday.

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