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  • Writer's pictureSimon Basten

Oops I did it again!!!!

Updated: Feb 29

Super Coppa Final

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Juventus Lazio 1-3

Just a few weeks after beating Juventus at the Olimpico 3-1, Lazio do it again, this time in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia for the Supercoppa final.

Official SS Lazio photo

Lazio started off very well and had the first chance of the game in the 7th minute. Luis Alberto’s shot was slightly too high. However, the superiority of the Biancocelesti and their hunger was evident.

In the 15th minute Senad Lulic’s cross from the left of the the penalty box was picked up on the other side by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who elegantly stopped the ball, looked up, and passed it to Luis Alberto in the centre. The Spaniard scored and it was 1-0 for Lazio.

Luis Alberto tried to make it two five minutes later but his shot was saved by Wojciech Szczęsny. A minute later Juventus woke up and had their first opportunity but Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot was wide. Juve were in a lot of trouble, as if they did not really “feel” the game and were unsure of what to do on the pitch. In the 30th minute a Paolo Dybala free kick was just wide and two minutes later Lazio almost made it two. Thomas Strakosha’s long kick reached Milinkovic-Savic who headed the ball on for Joaquin Correa. The Argentinian, just like he did in the final of the Coppa Italia against Atalanta, burst past all opposition but this time his shot was saved by the goalkeeper.

With one minute to the end of the first half Juventus equalised. Lulic lost possession, the ball reached Miralem Pjanic who immediately passed it to Blaise Matuidi. There was no doubt who to pass the ball to next. Ronaldo’s shot was a dangerous one and saved by Strakosha but the Albanian could do little to stop the tap in from Dybala.

Half time, 1-1 and Lazio had to start all over again.

Juventus seemed to have worked a few things out in the changing rooms and came back a little more determined. In the 48th minute a Dybala shot was wide but then Lazio took control again and between the 51st and 56th minute had some half chances with Correa, Lulic and Ciro Immobile.

Simone Inzaghi decided that it’s time for a change and in came Danilo Cataldi and Marco Parolo who substituted Lucas Leiva and Luis Alberto. In the 68th minute a Correa header off a Cataldi corner went just wide and two minutes later a Ronaldo shot from outside the box was just slightly high.

Everything changed in the 72nd minute. Manuel Lazzari crossed the ball in from the right, Parolo’s header became a lob that reached Lulic just outside the goal area. The player who had already made history on May 26 2013 did it again. His volley was unstoppable and Lazio were in front again.

Juventus applied pressure but, with the exception of a Leonardo Bonucci header in the 89th minute, did not really do much.

In the third minute of injury time Lazio won the ball and went for the counter attack. Lazzari passed to Correa unmarked in front of Szczęsny but his shot was saved by the Pole. The ball then reached Parolo outside the penalty box but he was fouled by Rodrigo Betancur just as he was about to shoot. The Juve player got a second yellow card and was sent off. Cataldi took the free kick and it was a marvellous shot that went just under the crossbar. 3-1 for Lazio.

Game over. A triumph for the Biancocelesti.

Who played for Juventus

Szczesny, De Sciglio (55' Cuadrado), Bonucci, Demiral, Alex Sandro, Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi (76' Douglas Costa), Dybala, Higuain (66' Ramsey), Ronaldo.

Substitutes: Buffon, Pinsoglio, de Ligt, Danilo, Rugani, Emre Can, Rabiot, Pjaca, Bernardeschi.

Manager: Sarri

Who played for Lazio

Substitutes: Proto, Guerrieri, Bastos, Patric, Marusic, Berisha, Anderson, Jony, Adekanye

Manager: Inzaghi

Referee: Calvarese

Goals: 17’ Luis Alberto, 45’ Dybala, 73’ Lulic, 90’+4’ Cataldi


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