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Seems this match generated such interest that in all the excitement we were too nervous to create a match thread. ;)

Gianfranco Zola's late penalty has given Cagliari the upper hand in their Coppa clash, but Lazio scored a crucial away goal.

Roberto Muzzi made his comeback from six weeks out with a thigh strain to partner Paolo Di Canio upfront, but Cagliari were perhaps unfortunate not to get an early penalty when Oscar Lopez appeared to push Rolando Bianchi in the box.

The deadlock was broken after 35 minutes when Antonio Langella skipped past two defenders out wide on the left and slammed a powerful strike into the net despite Angelo Peruzzi getting a hand to it. Langella had also tortured Inter with his pace in their 3-3 draw a week ago, so it was no surprise to see him causing problems again.

In the second half Bianchi drilled just wide and Antonio Filippini’s effort was saved, but it was only a warning shot as soon after the former Brescia man drew Lazio level with a precious away goal. Di Canio’s cross caught Cagliari napping and Filippini was ready for the free header.

Filippini was charged up by this goal and almost scored with an audacious lob that merely skimmed the woodwork, while Peruzzi flew to palm Gianfranco Zola’s shot out of the top corner.

Lazio really should have taken the lead when substitute Simone Inzaghi was in a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Gennaro Iezzo, but he somehow fired over the bar of an open goal. It was an error that cost them dearly, as moments later Jose Talamonti was sent off for a last man foul on Nelson Abeijon.

The Biancocelesti’s discipline crumbled and Lequi brought down Alvarez in the area, allowing Zola to stroke home the resulting penalty.

Lazio must win in the January 12 second leg at the Olimpico, but that away goal could prove decisive.

Cagliari 2-1 Lazio

Goals: Langella 35 (C), A Filippini 60 (L), Zola pen 82 (C)

Sent off: Talamonti 79 (L)
 

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Inter will win this year's coppa ..

cuz juve has no intrest in it + plays with the subs (10 were subs @ atalanta's game!! ),, Roma is shit and lost in rome 1-2..

inter has no hope in the serie a and is focusing in the coppa,, while lazio arent much in a good form.
 

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I watched the game...the Cagliari penalty was definitely a dive, there was nothing Lequi could have done to prevent it. Talamonti's red card was a correct decision, though. We played quite ok, I thought, controlling the match most of the time, especially in the second half. However, we tired in last fifteen minutes which cost us the game. Antonio Filippini played very well and deserved to get the goal. And Inzaghino just can't finish anymore...he had more than enough chances.

But it's not such a terrible result, I'm confident that this can be turned around at Olimpico.
 

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I wish Caso had rested more players and had given a chance to some bench warmers like Robert and De Sousa. I don't really care about the Coppa and if we don't progress that won't really bother me since we don't even use it to give some of the reserves a bit of playing time and we don't really have a realistic chance of winning it.
 

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Seems the return generated as much interested as the first leg. ;)

Lazio didn't play well but managed to win 3-2, it wasn't enough though as Cagliari goes through on away goals. :(
 

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An extra-time goal by Gianfranco Zola has proved enough to knock Lazio out of the Coppa Italia.

Although the Sardinians lost 3-2 this afternoon, they go through on the away goals rule after a 2-1 first leg victory.

Lazio, the current Coppa holders, were in pole position to reach the quarter-finals having gone 2-0 up before the visitors hit back to force the game into extra-time.

The Biancocelesti looked determined to get a result from the start with boss Giuseppe Papadopulo fielding new signing Fabio Bazzani up front.

They opened well when Antonio Filippini found the back of the net just ten minutes into the match.

Tommaso Rocchi made it 2-0 just after the hour mark which put the capital outfit in control of the tie.

But disaster struck in the 81st minute when Daniele Conti scored the goal to level the aggregate scores.

With the first period of extra time coming to an end, Sardinian hero Zola snatched the strike that shattered Lazio’s cup hopes.

Although Rocchi made sure of victory on the day with a late goal, it is now Cagliari who will face Sampdoria in the last eight.
 
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