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Juventus wins Italian Cup to stay on track for treble

Matri scores winner as Juventus beats Lazio 2-1 in extra time to stay on track for treble

Juventus wins Italian Cup to stay on track for treble

ROME (AP) -- Serie A champion Juventus added the Italian Cup title to its trophy case with a 2-1 win over Lazio in extra time Wednesday, setting up a chance for a treble.

Substitute Alessandro Matri scored from the center of the area in the 97th minute with a shot that Lazio goalkeeper Etrit Berisha should have saved.

Defenders scored for each side in the opening minutes of the first half.

Stefan Radu headed in for Lazio inside the near post following a free kick from Danilo Cataldi on the right flank four minutes in.

Giorgio Chiellini equalized in the 11th with an acrobatic display after Patrice Evra redirected a free kick from Andrea Pirlo toward him at the edge of the box.

The Bianconeri will target the final piece of the treble against Barcelona in the Champions League final in Berlin on June 6.

Inter Milan is the only Italian team to have won the treble -- under Jose Mourinho in 2010.

It was Juve's record 10th Italian Cup title, but first since 1995.

Security was heavy outside the stadium, a response to last year's final when a Napoli fan suffered gunshot wounds away from the stadium and later died.

With Alvaro Morata suspended, Fernando Llorente paired with Carlos Tevez in Juventus' attack, while Miroslav Klose was supported by Antonio Candreva and Felipe Anderson for Lazio.

Candreva drew the foul that set up the opening goal. With Gianluigi Buffon being rested, Juve's reserve goalkeeper Marco Storari could only get a weak hand on Radu's header.

After Chiellini's equalizer, Llorente nearly put Juve ahead with a header that went just above the crossbar.

Lazio midfielder Marco Parolo sent a bouncing shot just wide in the 32nd and 10 minutes later, Berisha got into trouble and nearly let Tevez deflect his attempted clearance into the net.

There were few clear chances in the second half, with Matri having a goal disallowed for offside in the 87th.

Tevez took a chance at the target from well outside the area in second-half added time with a shot that was only one meter (yard) above the bar.

Filip Djordjevic, who replaced Klose late in the second half, produced a long shot that ricocheted off both posts and away from the goal in the 94th.

Three minutes later, Matri -- who had replaced Llorente -- took advantage when the ball bounced off defender Mauricio. Berisha dived to his left and got his hands to the low shot but couldn't stop it from going in.


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Updated : 2021-09-20 06:29 GMT+08:00