Post subject: Lazio 0-1 Juventus: Lichtsteiner strike downs former club
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| Juventus booked a mouthwatering Coppa Italia semifinal with Inter after Stephan Lichtsteiner struck the only goal against his former club Lazio
Former Lazio star Stephan Lichtsteiner scored the winner as Juventus progressed to the Coppa Italia semifinals with a 1-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.
Lichtsteiner's second-half goal sealed an 11th-straight win in domestic competitions for the Coppa holders, who overcame Lazio in last season's final to seal a domestic double.
Juventus took the lead on 65 minutes when Simone Zaza's shot came back off the post and Etrit Berisha thought he had saved Lichtsteiner's effort on the rebound, but the ball was just over the line. Inter awaits Juve in a blockbuster semifinal after it defeated Napoli on Tuesday.
Massimiliano Allegri rested Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Gianluigi Buffon, while Stefano Pioli handed a debut in defense to new signing Milan Bisevac.
Juve wingback Lichtsteiner had the game's first effort on six minutes, but his long range strike was straight at Berisha.
The hosts should have been ahead after 12 minutes. Senad Lulic's pass freed Balde Keita down the left but after advancing on goal he hit his shot well over the target from just eight yards.
Paul Pogba then crashed a header over the bar before Berisha denied Zaza at his near post.
Juve, on a run of 10 Serie A wins in succession, was pressing hard for the breakthrough and Berisha dived low to his left to keep out a fierce drive from Pogba on the half-hour mark.
Allegri's men then wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring on 51 minutes. Zaza and Alvaro Morata combined beautifully and when Berisha saved from the Spaniard, Zaza should have converted the rebound but somehow hit the side netting from four yards.
But Juve eventually did take the lead on 65 minutes. Zaza's curling effort beat Berisha but rebounded off the post to Lichtsteiner, whose low shot crept over the line despite the goalkeeper's efforts.
Lazio struggled to create clear openings against a resilient Juve defense and the Serie A champion closed out a comfortable victory.