Rome, May 18 (IANS) Juventus defeated Lazio 2-0 to win the Coppa Italia for a record third straight year and sustain the Turin club’s hopes of achieving the triple.
Lazio, playing their third Coppa Italia final in five years here on Wednesday, made a promising start in front of nearly 60,000 spectators at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico and gave Juventus a scare as Keita Balde Diao hit the post from close range in the seventh minute, reports Efe.
Juventus were quick to react and took the lead five minutes later on a volley from Dani Alves.
The goal left Lazio in disarray and Juventus turned up the pressure.
Leonardi Bonucci pounced on a loose ball and slipped it past Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha in the 24th minute to put Juventus ahead 2-0.
The outcome was never really in doubt after Juventus’s second goal, though Lazio played with heart and created chances in the second half.
With the Coppa secured and a sixth consecutive league title all but certain, Juventus are looking forward to meeting Real Madrid in the June 3 Champions League final in Cardiff.