Juventus have won their third Coppa Italia in a row (12th in total) which has not been done by any team, as they beat a strong Lazio side 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico.
It was a comfortable win for the men in black and white, as they took an early lead with a sweet volley from Dani Alves, followed by a goal by Leonardo Bonucci from a corner. Lazio attempted to break down the Juventus defence, but it proved too much of a task.
Both teams started the game with pace and power and there were chances at both ends, as Juventus’ centre-back Giorgio Chiellini tried his luck from range but his shot was easily saved by Lazio’s goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
After that Lazio’s midfield dynamo Sergej Milinkovic-Savic sent Balde Keita through on goal, but his shot from a tight angle was deflected onto the post by Andrea Barzagli.
Juventus went for it with a counter attack where their striker Gonzalo Higuain tried an audacious volley from 20 meters, but it was saved once again.
Juventus opened the scoring on the 12th minute as Alex Sandro sent a beautiful long ball for Dani Alves to send an accurate volley into the far corner.
Not long after the first, Juventus doubled their lead from a corner kick which was flicked on by Alex Sandro at the front post and Leonardo Bonucci scored an easy tap in to make it 2-0.
At this point Lazio had a mountain to climb if they wanted to score at least twice against the monstrous defence of Juventus. Lazio had a great chance on the 32nd minute as Milinovic-Savic crossed the ball towards Ciro Immobile who’s diving header was sent inches wide of the target.
The rest of the first half was fairly tame, as Juventus toyed around with possession and Lazio tried to reassemble and play a more attacking system to catch the men from Turin up to break their Coppa Italia winning streak.
The second half began with Lazio’s manager Filippo Inzaghi taking defender Bastos off for winger Felipe Anderson. He made an instant impact when Anderson had an effort saved.
Anderson continued to ruffle a few feathers by creating another opportunity shortly after. He found Immobile with his delivery but Buffon was level to the former Borussia Dortmund striker’s headed effort.
Inzaghi used their final substitution early in the 69th minute with Luis Alberto coming on for Stefan de Vrij. This was a late attempt of a comeback as they went out with all guns blazing.
Juventus had a chance to make it 3-0 when Dani Alves showed great feet and crossed the ball into Higuain, but his shot was deflected behind the target.
Lazio continued to try and break Juventus’ brick wall of a defence, but it’s easier said than done. They had a few chances to score but failed miserably mostly due to a brilliant display from Juventus’ defence once again, and a great game by their second choice goalkeeper Neto.
Man Of The Match: Mario Mandzukic
The Croatian had yet another great game in his new defensive role. He ran his legs off and attacked every situation full of passion and spirit and even got a nasty cut to his head during his battles.
Juventus (3-4-2-1): Neto; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Alves, Rincon, Marchisio, Alex Sandro; Dybala (Lemina 78′), Mandzukic; Higuain
Lazio (3-5-2) Strakosha; Bastos (Felipe Anderson 53′), de Vrij (Luis Alberto 69′), Wallace; Basta, Parolo (Radu 20′), Biglia, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic; Immobile, Keita
Ball possession: Juventus 52%-48% Lazio
Shots on goal: 8-4
Shots off goal: 2-9