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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baggio's Vicenza Return Ends in Shock Milan Exit

ROME -- Roberto Baggio made an emotional return to his soccer roots but could not stave off defeat as league leader Vicenza dumped AC Milan out of the Italian Cup to reach the semifinals.


In the night's other quarterfinal, Napoli held Lazio to a 1-1 draw at the Olympic Stadium in Rome to record a 2-1 aggregate win, despite playing most of the second half with nine men.


Napoli now plays Inter or Juventus while Vicenza takes on Bologna in the other semifinal.


Vicenza, the current "miracle team" of Italian soccer, held the league champions to a 0-0 draw at its Romeo Menti stadium, and went through on away goals having drawn 1-1 at the San Siro in the first leg of the quarterfinals.


Vicenza, which went one point clear at the top of serie A for the first time in its history at the weekend, was reduced to 10 men two minutes from time when midfielder Fabio Bellotti was sent off for his second bookable offense.


Baggio, who played three seasons at Vicenza from 1982 to 1985, had begged Milan's Uruguayan coach Oscar Washington Tabarez to allow him to play against his former club in Vicenza for the first time in his career.


Napoli had defender Francesco Baldini and attacker Alfredo Aglietti sent off in their win. Baldini walked on the stroke of halftime for a foul on Pierluigi Casiraghi, while Aglietti was shown the red card for two fouls -- first protesting against the referee and then kicking the ball away while play was stopped.


Lazio had Czech Pavel Nedved sent off in the 83rd minute for a double booking -- faking a foul and then protesting.


Lazio's goal came from Casiraghi in the 21st minute. Napoli equalized five minutes later through Brazilian Caio.