One down, two to go as treble-chasing Juventus beat Lazio to clinch Coppa Italia — highlights
Coppa Italia final: Juventus 2 Lazio 0
Juventus: Alves (12’), Bonucci (24’)
Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci struck one apiece as treble-chasing Juventus secured a record third successive Coppa Italia with a 2-0 victory over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.
Juventus, who won a league and Cup double the past two seasons, can clinch a record sixth consecutive Serie A title — and a record third double — with victory at home to Crotone on Sunday.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men also face Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League final in Cardiff on June — and on this showing the Spanish giants will have cause for concern.
Days after seeing their title celebrations put on hold at the Stadio Olimpico following a 3-1 defeat to Lazio’s city rivals Roma, Juventus were back their formidable best.
“This win has given us a boost for Sunday. We absolutely have to wrap up the championship,” Allegri said.
“The lads delivered a great technical and defensive performance that has more than made up for last week against Roma.”
Lazio, whose last trophy came from their 2013 Coppa Italia triumph, had hoped to emulate Roma by sending Juventus back to Turin with their tails between their legs.
But despite a battling display by Simone Inzaghi’s men, Lazio spurned their few chances, and were outplayed by the slick, passing play inspired by Argentinian playmaker Paulo Dybala.
“There’s some bitterness, but we came up against a top Juve side,” Inzaghi said.
“I’m sorry we haven’t given joy to the fans and the players, but we have to look positively at our season.
“We’ve qualified for the Europa League with three games to spare and, apart from that, reaching the final is the best thing we’ve done this season.”
* Agence France-Presse
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Updated: May 18, 2017 04:00 AM