Italian Cup title puts Juventus in line for treble

Juventus' Dani Alves, left,, celebrates with his teammate Paulo Dybala after scoring during the Italian Cup final soccer match between

Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring his side's second goal, during the Italian Cup soccer final match between Lazio and

Juventus' Dani Alves, center, celebrates with his teammates Paulo Dybala, right, and Gonzalo Higuain after scoring during the Italian C

Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain, left, is challenged by Lazio's Stefan De Vrij during the Italian Cup soccer final match between Lazio and Ju

Lazio's Keita reacts during the Italian Cup soccer final match between Lazio and Juventus, at Rome's Olympic stadium, Wednesday, May 17

ROME (AP) — Juventus secured the first title of a possible treble by winning the Italian Cup with an authoritative 2-0 victory over Lazio in the final on Wednesday.

Dani Alves gave Juventus an lead early in the first half with a volley following a long cross from Alex Sandro. Then Leonardo Bonucci was left unmarked to tap in following a corner in the 25th minute.

Juventus can clinch the Serie A title this weekend, and then faces Real Madrid in the Champions League final next month.

The Bianconeri became the first club to win three straight Italian Cups and brought their record title collection to 12 in the competition.

After being beaten by Roma on Sunday, its first Serie A loss since January, the victory gave Juventus a boost of confidence for the June 3 European final against defending champion Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Italy President Sergio Mattarella was in attendance at the Stadio Olimpico and fans of both clubs put on a show with colorful pre-match choreography.

As has been the case for most of the season in Cup matches, Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was rested and Neto played in goal.

Lazio took the initiative at the start when Keita Balde Diao hit the post from a sharp angle.

But Juventus responded immediately with a long shot from Gonzalo Higuain that Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha had to punch away.

Alves scored five minutes later and Paulo Dybala also threatened, along with Higuain, before Bonucci's goal.

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile missed with a header that went just wide shortly after the half-hour mark and also came close early in the second half when he was denied with a quick-reflex save by Neto from one yard (meter).

Immobile missed another close-range attempt with 11 minutes to go and soon Juventus was celebrating.


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