Lazio beat Juventus to clinch Italian Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Lazio rallied to a 2-2 draw on second-half goals by Bernardo Corradi and Stefano Fiore to capture the Italian Cup 4-2 on aggregate over Juventus.

Lazio beat Juventus to clinch Italian Cup

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Lazio rallied to a 2-2 draw on second-half goals by Bernardo Corradi and Stefano Fiore to capture the Italian Cup 4-2 on aggregate over Juventus. The Turin powerhouse, which won consecutive league titles in 2002 and '03, ended the season empty handed after coming close to a sensational comeback. Goals by French striker David Trezeguet and Italian star-forward Alessandro Del Piero at Stadio delle Alpi had evened Lazio's 2-0 first-leg lead yesterday. While Lazio seemed at the mercy of the aggressive Turin team, Corradi out jumped two defenders to score with a powerful header in the 74th minute off a corner kick by Sinisa Mihajlovic. Fiore, the classy midfielder who had scored both Lazio goals in the first leg at Stadio Olimpico, netted the equaliser in the 83rd with a precise diagonal shot. Trezeguet, who is rumored to be heading to FC Barcelona, headed in the opening goal in the 20th off a perfect cross from Alessandro Birindelli. Del Piero, still in questionable form after returning from a long injury absence, lifted La Juve to a two-goal lead in the 46th, kicking into the open net off save by goalkeeper Matteo Sereni on a previous attempt by Trezeguet. Lazio's offense was definitely boosted after Simone Inzaghi, the younger brother of AC Milan striker Filippo, was fielded as second-half substitute. (AP)



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