Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Coppa Italia Final: Juventus Beat Lazio To Win 3rd Straight Trophy

Juventus secured their third successive Coppa Italia title as goals from defensive duo Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci secured a victory over Lazio.

Juventus secured the first part of a possible domestic and European treble with an efficient display against Lazio in the Coppa Italia final.

Juve went ahead when Dani Alves's side-footed volley bounced into the corner. Leonardo Bonucci sealed victory when he prodded in and Lazio, playing in their own stadium, could not find a way back.
Dani Alves, who opened the scoring at the Stadio Olimpico, holds his Coppa Italia medal 
The Serie A leaders' lead was doubled when another defender Leonardo Bonucci scored 
Serie A leaders Juve can clinch their sixth successive Scudetto this weekend and meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final on 3 June in Cardiff.

Massimiliano Allegri's side settled the match in the opening 25 minutes as they became the first side to win the competition three times in a row.
Massimiliano Allegri, who is on course for the treble, kisses the trophy his side won in Rome 
Juve players prepare to lift the trophy they won after beating Lazio on Wednesday evening 
Lazio were competing in their third final in five years, hoping to inflict a measure of revenge after Juve beat them 2-1 after extra-time in 2015.

The capital club have not won another major honour since they beat neighbours Roma in 2013, with manager Simone Inzaghi prioritising the final by resting several key players for Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Fiorentina.
Gonzalo Higuain, who has been in impressive form this season, celebrates their final victory 

The fourth-placed Serie A side, who are 15 points behind leaders Juve, made an energetic start and saw young striker Keita Balde Diao hit the post early on.
Bonucci jumps over the advertising boards to celebrate his tap-in in front of the Juve fans 

They created more chances after the break as Felipe Anderson and Ciro Immobile drew superb saves from Gianluigi Buffon's understudy Neto, but by that time Juve had already done enough to seal victory.

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