MILAN - AS Roma knocked city rivals Lazio
out of the Italian Cup on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory at the
Stadio Olimpico that sent them through to an intriguing
quarter-final at Juventus.
Fabio Simplicio scored the winner with 13 minutes to go when
he picked the ball up following a mazy run from Jeremy Menez and
calmly slotted home from just inside the box.
After a gritty opening period shaded by Lazio, the game
burst into life with two penalties in the first 12 minutes of
the second half.
Roma took the lead on 53 minutes when striker Marco
Borriello converted after Stephan Lichtsteiner handled John Arne
Riise's volleyed cross.
Four minutes later, Roma's Brazilian defender Juan brought
down Mauro Zarate and midfielder Hernanes sent Julio Sergio the
wrong way to equalise from the spot.
Stefano Floccari almost equalised with a spectacular volley
late on but it was the Giallorossi side of the Italian capital
celebrating at the end.
Earlier, Sampdoria sealed a quarter-final trip to either AC
Milan or Bari after overcoming Udinese 5-4 on penalties in an
entertaining match in Genoa that ended 2-2 after extra-time.
Mauricio Isla's last-minute strike cancelled out Samp
striker Federico Macheda's opener on 31 minutes in a 90 minutes
the home side had dominated.
In a free-flowing additional period, German Denis nodded
Udinese ahead on 91 minutes before Sampdoria midfielder Daniele
Dessena was sent off eight minutes later.
Giampaolo Pazzini equalised for 10-man Samp from the spot
three minutes into the second period of extra-time.
In a shootout that swung one way and then the other,
Sampdoria left-back Reto Ziegler blasted the eighth penalty over
before Junior Costa saved Denis's kick.
Another save from Costa left Fernando Tissone to coolly dink
the winning penalty into the net.
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