Immobile double as Lazio stun Juventus in Supercoppa Italiana
Juventus 2 - 3 Lazio

Immobile double as Lazio stun Juventus in Supercoppa Italiana

13/08/2017

Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio cast some early doubt on Juventus' ability to sustain their domination of Italian football by claiming a 3-2 victory in the Supercoppa Italiana in Rome.

Juve -- under Antonio Conte and then Massimiliano Allegri -- have won Serie A six years in a row, reaching the Champions League final twice in that period and winning the Coppa Italia three times.

But the shock sale of long-serving defender Leonardo Bonucci, coupled with uninspiring recruitment in the transfer window, has created suspicion that the Old Lady's star might be about to fade.

Lazio certainly proved that Juve have work to do before the new league season starts next weekend, with Immobile scoring a penalty before cutting through a soft back-line to double his tally.

Paulo Dybala launched a one-man comeback at the death, steering home a free-kick with five minutes remaining before converting a spot-kick, but Alessandro Murgia rescued the cup for Lazio.

This preseason triumph also served as prompt revenge for the Bianconeri, who lost the Coppa Italia final to Juve back in May.

Juve, who were beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid in their last competitive outing, June's European Cup final in Cardiff, started positively and Juan Cuadrado was denied an early tap-in by Thomas Strakosha.

Gonzalo Higuain got the Lazio goalkeeper working again with a speculative shot and, in the eighth minute, Strakosha rushed out to snatch the ball away from the onrushing Mario Mandzukic.

Lazio did not seem fazed and steadily grew into the game, with Gianluigi Buffon forced to collect a couple of tricky deliveries from Marco Parolo and Luis Alberto.

In the 31st minute Lazio won a penalty when Buffon fouled Immobile in the Juve box and the veteran stopper could not keep out his Italy team-mate's carefully placed spot-kick.

The Bianconeri looked rattled and needed Buffon to make a smart double stop on Dusan Basta and then Lazio's summer signing Lucas Leiva to keep the scoreline respectable heading into the break.

Juve's nerves did not settle during the interval and Buffon was soon picking the ball out of his net for a second time. Nine minutes after the restart, Immobile beat the 39-year-old with an agile header.

There was a good opportunity to halve the deficit when Dybala won a free-kick within shooting range, but Miralem Pjanic's attempt sailed over Strakosha's bar.

Substitute Douglas Costa, a loan capture from Bayern Munich, dragged a save out of Strakosha in the 68th minute and it was not long before he teed up Higuain for an effort at the far post.

With time running away from the Bianconeri, they finally grabbed a goal, with Dybala spinning the ball over the wall and home from a free-kick following a foul by Parolo.

The Argentinian forward looked to have forced extra-time when he slotted past Strakosha from the spot to punish Adam Marusic for impeding Alex Sandro, but a further minute into stoppage time Lazio replacement Murgia salvaged the win with a cool right-footed finish.

Related news

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid to sign with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid to sign with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to sign with Italian champions Juventus, both clubs announced on Tuesday.

AC Milan banned from Europa League over financial fair play violations

AC Milan banned from Europa League over financial fair play violations

AC Milan have been excluded from playing in the Europa League next season after breaching UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) regulations, pending an appeal.

Valencia defender Joao Cancelo completes €40.4 million Juventus transfer

Valencia defender Joao Cancelo completes €40.4 million Juventus transfer

Juventus have completed the signing of Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo from Valencia for a fee of €40.4 million, which will be paid in three installments.

Roma's Radja Nainggolan joins Inter Milan

Roma's Radja Nainggolan joins Inter Milan

Radja Nainggolan has completed his move from Roma to Inter Milan in a deal worth €38 million with Davide Santon and Nicolo Zaniolo moving in the opposite direction as part of the transfer.

Juventus sign Can on four-year contract

Juventus sign Can on four-year contract

Emre Can has joined Serie A champions Juventus from Liverpool on a four-year contract.

Juventus confirm signing of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa for €40m

Juventus confirm signing of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa for €40m

Juventus have confirmed the permanent signing of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa for a fee of €40 million.

Napoli hire Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager

Napoli hire Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager

Carlo Ancelotti has signed a three-year contract to replace Maurizio Sarri as Napoli's head coach.

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale

Inter Milan came from behind to snatch the final Champions League place in their 3-2 winner-takes-all victory at Lazio.

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star

AC Milan qualified for the Europa League group stage on the final day in Serie A, following a 5-1 win over Fiorentina.

RELATED NEWS

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid to sign with Juventus
Juventus news

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid to sign with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to sign with Italian champions Juventus, both clubs announced on Tuesday.

AC Milan banned from Europa League over financial fair play violations
AC Milan news

AC Milan banned from Europa League over financial fair play violations

AC Milan have been excluded from playing in the Europa League next season after breaching UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) regulations, pending an appeal.

Valencia defender Joao Cancelo completes €40.4 million Juventus transfer
Juventus news

Valencia defender Joao Cancelo completes €40.4 million Juventus transfer

Juventus have completed the signing of Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo from Valencia for a fee of €40.4 million, which will be paid in three installments.

Roma's Radja Nainggolan joins Inter Milan
Inter Milan news

Roma's Radja Nainggolan joins Inter Milan

Radja Nainggolan has completed his move from Roma to Inter Milan in a deal worth €38 million with Davide Santon and Nicolo Zaniolo moving in the opposite direction as part of the transfer.

Juventus sign Can on four-year contract
Juventus news

Juventus sign Can on four-year contract

Emre Can has joined Serie A champions Juventus from Liverpool on a four-year contract.

Juventus confirm signing of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa for €40m
Juventus news

Juventus confirm signing of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa for €40m

Juventus have confirmed the permanent signing of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa for a fee of €40 million.

Napoli hire Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager
Napoli news

Napoli hire Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager

Carlo Ancelotti has signed a three-year contract to replace Maurizio Sarri as Napoli's head coach.

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale
Lazio 2 - 3 Inter Milan

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale

Inter Milan came from behind to snatch the final Champions League place in their 3-2 winner-takes-all victory at Lazio.

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star
AC Milan 5 - 1 Fiorentina

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star

AC Milan qualified for the Europa League group stage on the final day in Serie A, following a 5-1 win over Fiorentina.

DERBY OF THE WEEK
France v Croatia
Derby of the week
17:00
15/07/2018
Derby of the week
W 1.95    
   W 4.75
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
12-07-2018 10:30 and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores