Insigne guides Napoli past Lazio in action-packed Coppa quarterfinal

Three efforts against the woodwork, two red cards and a missed penalty - there was plenty of drama as Lorenzo Insigne's solo effort saw Napoli beat Lazio.

Lorenzo Insigne's second minute strike earned Napoli a 1-0 win over Lazio.   -  Getty Images

Lorenzo Insigne's fine solo goal proved the difference in an enthralling encounter as Napoli beat in-form Lazio 1-0 to advance to the Coppa Italia semifinal.

Elseid Hysaj and Lucas Leiva were dismissed in the opening period, the latter shown a straight red after protesting against a booking, as Napoli handed Lazio just its third loss in 17 games in all competitions.

Insigne guided a cool finish past Thomas Strakosha after dribbling in from the left in the second minute, but Ciro Immobile missed a chance to equalise from the spot eight minutes later - Serie A's leading goalscorer losing his footing and looping his penalty over the crossbar.

Arkadiusz Milik saw a header come back off the post with 20 minutes remaining, with Immobile volleying against the bar before Mario Rui curled an effort against the woodwork in a frantic finale.

However, Napoli held on for a win - just its third since Gennaro Gattuso took over in December - that set up a last-four meeting with Fiorentina or Inter.

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