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Coppa Italia: Juventus 1 Lazio 1

Juventus threw away a winning position in their Coppa Italia semi-final first-leg with Lazio, drawing 1-1 at home on Tuesday.

Stefano Mauri hit an equaliser with just five minutes left on the clock to give his side the advantage after Federico Peluso had put Juventus ahead just after the hour mark.

Juventus made an explosive start to the match in front of their own fans and Antonio Conte’s men went on to dominate much of the first half.

The match was barely a minute old when the home side broke forward, but Claudio Marchisio saw the ball robbed from his grasp by Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti after being played in by Alessandro Matri.

Lazio’s best chance of the first half fell to Stefano Mauri but the striker dwelled too long and saw the ball cleared when he only needed to poke home.

Juventus were presented with their best chance of the match nine minutes into the second half when Matri broke the offside trap and did well to latch on to a stunning lofted pass from Marrone, taking his shot first time on the volley.

But the attempt lacked power and was well saved by Marchetti.

On 63 minutes a fluid Juventus passing move around the box left Emanuele Giaccherini in space, and his pinpoint cross found Peluso who nodded the ball home.

Arturo Vidal went agonisingly close to extending his team’s advantage but his well-placed shot was denied by the post.

Lazio took full advantage when Mauri reacted quickest at the far post to prod home from a corner four minutes from time.

Tue 22 Jan, 2013
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