In a dramatic Coppa Italia final last night (20/05/15) Juventus came from behind to defeat Lazio 2-1 after extra time. Lazio took an early lead but were quickly pegged back by the recently crowned Italian champions. The match remained 1-1 until the 90 minute mark but Juventus managed to seal a record-breaking victory in extra time.  So, with today's Italian newspapers running the headline 'Juventus win 10th Coppa Italia' the teams focus will swiftly move onto the upcoming Champions League final against Barcelona.

Celebrations on the pitch at the Stadio Olimpico were huge for Juventus as they completed a domestic double. Having already been crowned Serie A champions Massimiliano Allegri's men became Coppa Italia champions for the 10th time in their long history, more than any other club. The records keep tumbling for Juventus this season as their 31st Serie A title is also the most by any Italian team  This is a statistic that is proudly displayed by the three stars on the chest of the Juventus home shirt, with one being present for every ten titles.

In what is an equally impressive statistic, it is Massimiliano Allegri's first season in charge of the Italian giants. He has form however, having steered AC Milan to the Serie A title in his first season at the San Siro, their first since 2004. Now Allegri has achieved the same feat with Juventus but has gone one further by adding the Coppa Italia to the list of honours  Now of course Allegri will be encouraging his team to completely re-write the history books and beat Barcelona in the Champions League final on 6th June to secure an historic treble.

Juventus Win 10th Coppa Italia

Juventus began the Coppa Italia final with a below-strength starting 11. Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was rested in preparation for the Champions League final. His team-mates Claudio Marchisio and Alvaro Morata were also both unavailable due to suspensions. There was also added pressure in the fact that their opponents Lazio were playing at their home stadium. Despite even numbers in the crowd it was Lazio who enjoyed their home comforts when Stefan Radu put his side ahead after just four minutes.

In an unusual statistic both of these goals were the first of the season for their respective scorers. Certainly not a bad time for either man to open their account for the season. So, despite the unexpected situation of two defenders on the score sheet the Juventus fans celebrated their equaliser heartily. A sea of black and white was created at one end of the stadium by the world famous Juventus home shirt (left).

The remainder of the first half was played out in a scrappy fashion with the football becoming tight and edgy. Chances were kept to a minimum with the only effort of note being a long-range shot from Marco Parolo.  The Lazio midfielder's 30-yard strike flew wide after Paul Pogba was dispossessed giving Lazio the opportunity. The second half was equally nervous with neither team taking too many risks for fear of losing.  The only chance to win the match came from Lazio  Striker Filip Djordjevic broke through on goal but could only manage a soft effort that was saved by the legs of Storari.

So, as normal time ended with the score still at 1-1 the final would move into extra time. The tiring limbs of the Juventus and Lazio players brought the game to an even slower and edgier tempo.  It was Lazio who came close to taking the lead during the first half of extra time. Djordjevic was again the man presented with the chance as he had been just minutes before the final whistle had blown. This time a speculative long-range effort collided with the post, ran agonisingly across the goal-line and hit the opposite post before being gathered.

Lazio's moment of bad luck was made even worse just minutes later.  Juventus striker Alessandro Matri, who had only been introduced as a substitute on 84 minutes, was in the right place at the right time.  The ball simply fell to him inside the penalty area and to the joy of the Juventus fans his low shot crept underneath the Lazio goalkeeper to make the score 2-1 after 97 minutes. Juventus managed to hang on for the remaining 23 minutes which must have felt like a lifetime, and Matri's goal was eventually enough to secure the cup.

The Treble Is Still On

So, as Juventus won their 10th Coppa Italia fans inside the stadium and across the globe celebrated the historic event.  In what is a typically poetic situation in football Juventus' 10th Coppa Italia was also their first for 20 years.  The last time they lifted the Coppa Italia was at the end of the 1994-95 season. Now their attention turns to the Champions League final in Berlin on 6th June where they will face Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

The last time Juventus won the Champions League was back in 1996 so beating Barcelona would end an almost 20 year wait in this competition to. Despite many pundits and broadcasters writing off Juventus' chances they have proven this season that if nothing else they are extremely difficult to beat.

Their victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League semi final was unexpected but over the two legs Juventus were the better team. Allegri will no doubt send his players out in Berlin believing they can win. Juventus will aim to play in a typically Italian way, with strong defending and bags of experience. So despite Barcelona being the bookmakers' favourites to win the tournament Juventus will push them all the way. Following last nights historic double there will be many people adopting Juventus as their team for the final.

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