FORMELLO (ROME) – Inter took the first half on points, but that wasn’t reflected in the scoreline. Lazio went into the break with the lead, Keita’s opener and Elez’s penalty coming either side of a Puscas strike. The Malian, a member of the Lazio first team squad, then came to the fore in the second half. He scored one and won a penalty which Elez duly dispatched. It looked all over for Cerrone’s men but they approached the last 10 minutes in the right way: Puscas made it 4-2 late on, an away goal that gives the Nerazzurri a glimmer of hope for the return leg.
Lazio 4-2 Inter (HT: 2-1)
Scorers: Keita 16, 59, Puscas 27, 90+2, Elez 45+3 (pen), 64 (pen)
Lazio: Strakosha; Pollace, Filippini, Serpieri, Ilari; Elez, Murgia, Minala; Lombardi (Silvagni 85), Keita (Paterni 67), Tounkara (Fiore 55).
Subs not used: Guerrieri, Seck, Mattia, Pace, Sterpone, Palombi.
Coach: Simone Inzaghi.
Inter: Ivusic; Longo, Donkor, Paramatti, Eguelfi; Palazzi, Acampora; Camara, Capello (Bigotto 77), Mira; Puscas.
Subs not used: Maniero, Yao, Sciacca, Pinton, Dalla Riva, Baldini, Dabo, Gaiola, Ventre, Nchama.
Coach: Salvatore Cerrone.
Assistants: Bellagamba, Camillucci.
Booked: Lombardi, Ilari, Paramatti, Keita, Donkor, Murgia.
Added time: 3+4 minutes.