Tuesday 17 October 2017

Alves keeps Juve on track for treble

Juventus 2 Lazio 0

Dani Alves. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
Dani Alves. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

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Juventus beat Lazio to win a third successive Italian Cup final as goals from Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci kept them on course for a treble this season with a 2-0 victory in the Olympic Stadium.

The Turin side, who are on the verge of winning a sixth successive Serie A championship before facing Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3, won the domestic cup for a record 12th time.

Juve, who beat Lazio in the final two years ago, settled the match in the opening 25 minutes with Alves putting them ahead in the 12th from a long, high cross by fellow Brazilian Alex Sandro.

The right-back's volley was not as sweet as his opening goal in the Champions League semi-final second-leg win over Monaco, but it proved just as effective, bouncing awkwardly on its way past goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha and inside the far post.

Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Moise Kean celebrate. Photo: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Moise Kean celebrate. Photo: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Lazio, who had hit the post in the sixth minute through striker Balde Keita, conceded a soft second goal 13 minutes later when Sandro flicked on Paulo Dybala's corner and Bonucci nipped into the six-yard box to knock the ball in.

Lazio made a better start to the second half and substitute Felipe Anderson's low shot brought a good save from Gianluigi Buffon's understudy Neto.

Neto then clawed a Ciro Immobile header off the line after Gonzalo Higuain had been involved in two chances for Juventus that went begging.

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile in action with Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini. Photo Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
Lazio’s Ciro Immobile in action with Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini. Photo Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

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