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Juventus Win Coppa Italia to Keep Treble Dream Alive
Rome: 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 on Wednesday.
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.
"Compliments to the lads for what they did in the first half and for coming through a defensive test in the second," coach Massimiliano Allegri told reporters.
"We've won the first title, now we want to clinch the second, Sunday against Crotone, who have taken 17 points from the last seven matches," he said.
"It's going to be a difficult match. We'll have to play a mean game like this evening's."
Juventus, 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.
Lazio, who had hit the post in the sixth minute through striker Balde Keita, conceded a soft second goal 13 minutes later when Alex Sandro flicked on Paulo Dybala's corner and Bonucci nipped into the six-yard box to knock the ball in.
Lazio, who share the Olympic Stadium with AS Roma as a home ground in Serie A, 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.
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