Juventus win Coppa Italia to keep treble dream alive

To the teams that he received in the Vatican, the Pope said: "I would like to reflect, briefly, on the importance of sport and consider the fascination it exerts and the impact of professional football on people, especially young people, towards whom you have a responsibility.".

That is expected to arrive at home to Crotone this Sunday but first Allegri's men will return to the Stadio Olimpico to take on Simone Inzaghi's side in Wednesday's showpiece clash. "We absolutely have to wrap up the championship", said Allegri. We have worked incredibly hard to get here and we fully deserve our place in the final.

"The Coppa Italia is thanks to everyone: it allows those who didn't play as much to make their mark and I thank the coach and club for giving the team so much quality and tenacity this season".

"We've qualified for the Europa League with three games to spare and, apart from that, reaching the final is the best thing we've done this season".

"It's time to step up and start reaping what we have sown".

They fired an early warning when Keita Balde Diao cut inside to hit the inside of a post, but Juve responded quickly with Gonzalo Higuain testing Thomas Strakosha's reflexes with a driven effort.

"We must show the same aggression we did tonight because Crotone are playing well", he added.

The scare was enough to jolt Juve into life.

It was a bad goal for Lazio to give away, and it clearly affected their morale as Juve celebrated.

Leonardo Bonucci evaded the Lazio defence to slot home calmly after Paulo Dybala's corner, which was flicked on well by Sandro, on 24 minutes. Ciro Immobile headed just wide in the 35th minute after a fine pass from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic before the Serbian could only direct a header into the hands of Juve goalkeeper Neto as the referee brought the first half to a close.

Inzaghi tinkered when he replaced Angolan defender Bastos with Brazilian forward Felipe Anderson, who only seconds later forced a great parry from Neto following an angled snap shot.

  • Stacy Allen