Juventus defeats Lazio for Coppa Italia title

Lazio’s Keita Balde got hopes high, but club finishes shut out

Juventus defeated Lazio two goals to nil on Wednesday, clinching their third consecutive Coppa Italia title; Juventus is the first ever club to win this title three times in a row. Dani Alves began the goal scoring for Juventus early on a cross from Alex Sandro as he laid it into the far top corner. Then, in the 24th minute, a corner kick by Sandro was converted by Leonardo Bonucci for Juventus’ second goal of the night. Included in the three-peat is Ghanaian international Kwadwo Asamoah, who was left on the bench for the championship-winning match.

After the game, Juventus manager Max Allegri complimented his team’s performance: “The first half had a very high tempo and we made the most of our chances, so we did well defending in the second half.” Juventus will now prepare for completing their treble (they have an insurmountable lead in Serie A) with a win over Real Madrid in the Champions League final scheduled for June 3. No Italian team has completed that treble other than Inter Milan in 2010, when they were managed by football legend Jose Mourinho.

On the other end, Lazio once again left the pitch disappointed after losing in the final for the second time in the last three times. In fact, the 2015 final was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Juventus. Lazio fans were hopeful when Keita Balde of Senegal hit the post on an early shot on goal, but they couldn’t breach Juventus’ defense all game. Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi after the game said of the result, “We are talking about the Champions League finalists, but tonight they were up against a Lazio side that had its say and was unlucky.” It seems that he didn’t want to blame the players for the result, calling his squad “extraordinary” and saying, “My players had a great season.”

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