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Lazio edge Juve in cup but Inter crash

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  • Lazio defeat Juventus 2-1 in first leg of Italian Cup semifinal in Rome
  • Serie A leaders Inter Milan crashed 3-0 at Sampdoria in their first leg
  • Schalke 04 coach Fred Rutter under pressure after German Cup exit
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(C NN) -- Lazio will take a slender one-goal advantage into the second leg of the Italian Cup semifinals after a 2-1 home victory over Juventus.

Pandev raises his hands after scoring Lazio's equalizer in the Stadio Olimpico.

Pandev raises his hands after scoring Lazio's equalizer in the Stadio Olimpico.

The Romans have endured a mixed Serie A campaign and the domestic cup competition remains their only hope of silverware this season.

Juventus, currently second in Serie A, took the lead as Marco Marchionni scored in the 34th minute, but Lazio equalized through Macedonian international Goran Pandev just after the hour mark.

Tommaso Rocchi gave Lazio a precious advantage with a 78th minute strike ahead of the second leg in Turin on April 22.

The win came on the day Lazio president Claudio Lotito was given a two-year jail sentence and fined nearly $70,000 for alleged fraudulent share dealing in the club.

Lotito, who rescued Lazio from bankruptcy in 2004, will appeal the sentence by a Milan court and, quoting judicial sources, said it was unlikely he would serve the jail term.

Serie A leaders Inter Milan crashed 3-0 against Sampdoria in their first leg tie on Wednesday, a week before facing Manchester United in the Champions League.

Giampaolo Pazzini scored twice for Sampdoria who ended the encounter with 10 men after defender Daniele Gastaldello earned a second yellow card in the 59th for tripping Mario Balotelli.

Antonio Cassano had put Sampdoria ahead after nine minutes and added a second three minutes before halftime with a Pazzini effort sandwiched in between.

Inter coach Jose Mourinho's 4-3-3 lineup failed to produce a scoring chance in the first half. but they perked up when Hernan Crespo made a substitute appearance on the hour.

The final is in Rome on May 13.

In the German Cup, Schalke 04 suffered a fresh humiliation after going out to second-flight Mainz in the quarterfinals.

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Schalke have disappointed in the Bundesliga this term and an 88th minute goal by Aristide Bance sent Mainz into the last four for the first time in their history.

The result piles the pressure on Schalke coach Fred Rutter with his team struggling to qualify for European football next season.

The other three quarterfinals are on Wednesday with the reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen facing each other in the pick of the clashes.

In the French Cup, there were last 16 wins for Grenoble on penalties over Dijon, Guingamp beat Le Mans 1-0 and Toulouse won 2-0 in Boulogne.

League leaders Lyon are playing on Wednesday at Lille.

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