Football: Lazio reach Italian Cup final despite second-leg defeat to bitter rivals Roma

Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic celebrates after scoring a goal in the match against Roma.
Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic celebrates after scoring a goal in the match against Roma. PHOTO: EPA

ROME (AFP) - Lazio reached the Italian Cup final on Tuesday (April 4) despite losing 2-3 in the second leg to bitter city rivals Roma, advancing 4-2 on aggregate.

A double from Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah on 66 and 90 minutes added to Italian winger Stephan El Shaarawy's goal two minutes before the break to give Roma victory on the night.

But Lazio scored in both halves through Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (37th minute) and Italian forward Ciro Immobile (56th minute) to book a third final in five years after beating Roma in 2013 for the Cup and losing to Juventus two years ago.

Simone Inzaghi's Lazio are fourth in Serie A and still in the running for Champions League football next season despite a chaotic start to the season when Marcelo Bielsa spent just two days in charge.

The six-time Cup winners will meet either Napoli or Juventus in the final with the Turin giants leading 3-1 after the first leg.