Juventus vs Lazio: Coppa Italia final match report

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Juventus won the Coppa Italia for the first time in over 20 years as a tentative and cagey affair was settled in extra time thanks to a scrappy goal from substitute Alessandro Matri. 

Lazio made hard work of the encounter as the Rome side playing in their home stadium took the lead thanks to the shoulder of defender Stefan Radu after a free kick was whipped into the danger zone. 

Radu's first goal of the campaign had the Lazio supporters in raptures as the side set an early marker to upset the potential of a historic Juventus treble.

Having secured the league and a place in the UEFA Champions League final next month Juventus were looking to make history but Lazio had their intentions to spoil the party made very clear early on.

It wasn't long however before another defender netted for the first time of the season, this time it was for la bianconeri as Giorgio Chiellini's clever finish from a deep lying Pirlo set piece on the 11th minute silenced the Lazio fans and restored the balance in the game. 

Tense 90 minutes

The Old Lady certainly seemed withered by the effects of a tough campaign and the tiredness of the side made the affair a nervous one, as the prospect of a memorable treble surely added to the anxiety of the game.

Chances were at a minimum as Lazio held their own against a limited Juventus team, the Turin side were lacking in firepower upfront with Morata being suspended and the static Llorente unable to create space the first half passed with little memory.

Juventus defended with the same prowess and stubbornness that has seen them progress to the Champions League final, with the Spartan like Chiellini slamming the door shut for most of the game, Lazio were limited to long range efforts.

With little luck for the majority of the affair, Lazio brought on Serbian Filipe Djordjevic late on and the player almost settled the game in normal time only to see a long ball over the top miscontrolled and the on rushing Storari foil his attempt at a finish.

Juventus win the Coppa Italia

Just minutes into extra time Djordjevic was at it again, beating Storari for the first time in the night only for a 30 yard thunderbolt to crash off the inside of the post, bounce over the line and rebound out of the other post. The effort signifying it wasn't to be his sides night.

Confirming this only four minutes later was fellow sub striker Alessandro Matri, who fortunately latched on to another dangerous ball over the top from Andrea Pirlo. After a bad first touch and a few desperate attempts at blocks Matri found the ball at his feet ten yards out and despite getting a hand to the effort it was too much for Berisha in the Lazio goal.

Matri's second spell at Juve hasn't been as fruitful as the first, which saw him net 29 times, however little argument can be made as to which was the most important one as the player in his return to the club netted a historic winner.

The game itself lacked real character and the tired legs of both sides began to show early on. Only for the stamina of 36 year old Andrea Pirlo and his pin-point accuracy the game could have been beyond Juventus.

Man of the Match: Andrea Pirlo.

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