Tre­ble-chas­ing Juve beat Lazio in Cup fi­nal

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DANI Alves and Leonardo Bonucci struck one apiece as tre­ble-chas­ing Ju­ven­tus se­cured a record third suc­ces­sive Ital­ian Cup 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 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.

And Al­le­gri said he ex­pects more of the same on Sun­day.

“This win has given us a boost for Sun­day. We ab­so­lutely have to wrap up the cham­pi­onship,” said Al­le­gri.

“The lads de­liv­ered a great tech­ni­cal and de­fen­sive per­for­mance that has more than made up for last week against Roma.”

Bonucci said: “Sun­day is an­other fi­nal for us. We have to se­cure our sec­ond ob­jec­tive of the sea­son, then we’ll all start look­ing to Cardiff.”

Lazio, whose last tro­phy came from their 2013 Cup 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.

In­za­ghi re­fused to fault his play­ers, say­ing: “There’s some bit­ter­ness, but we came up against a top Juve side.

“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.” AFP


Ju­ven­tus play­ers cel­e­brate with the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Ital­ian Cup at the Olympic Sta­dium in Rome on Wed­nes­day.

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