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Juventus lift Italian Cup

 ROME, May 18: 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.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men, who are on the brink of winning Serie A and are also in the Champions League final, took the lead through Alves’ superb first-half volley. The Turin based side doubled their lead in the opening period when Bonucci tapped in after a corner was deflected into his path.

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.

The right back’s volley was not as sweet as his goal in the Champions League semifinal 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.

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.

“Compliments to the lads for what they did in the first half and for coming through a defensive test in the second,” coach Allegri told reporters.

Allegri quickly turned his thoughts to the weekend when Juventus can clinch Serie A with a win over Crotone having missed their chance in a 3-1 defeat on Sunday away to AS Roma, who are four points behind with two fixtures remaining. – Agencies

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