Juventus and Lazio locked horns in a exciting Supercoppa Italia tie. A four minute domination over Lazio by Juventus managed to secure the trophy.
Juventus named a strong lineup for last nights game. Llorente giving way for Carlos Tevez to partner Vucinic up front. Lazio were without skipper Stefano Mauri because he is banned for 6 months after a match fixing scandal.
Paul Pogba opened the scoring 23 minutes into the game after replacing Claudio Marchisio after the Italian midfielder picked up an injury while chasing down the ball. Lichtsteiner received a pass into space from midfield magician Andre Pirlo and whipped in a cross only for it to get deflected and fall to Pogba’s feet. The young Frenchman turned and smashed it past the goalkeeper to open the scoring. The goal didn’t stop the intensity of the game. Tackles came flying in and Barzagli and Hernanes both picked up yellow cards.
Into the second half and Juventus had to defend pressure from Lazio. Lazio won a corner and Juventus defended well, gathering up the ball and burst forward to start the counter. Vidal cleared the ball and found a run from Lichtsteiner who had the easy job of setting up defender Chiellini after he had made a burst forward into attack. He made it 2-0. The goals didn’t stop there and 2 minutes later, another goal was added to Juventus’ tally. This time it came from Lichtsteiner. A lovely interchange of passes with Mirko Vucinic to get round the Lazio defence and a well place outside of the boot shot made it 3-0 to Juve. Lichtsteiner was a worry for Lazio all the way through the game.
Again, the goals didn’t stop there. Another 2 minutes later, Carlos Tevez hammered the final nail into Lazio’s coffin with Juve’s 4th goal of the night. Marchetti did well to keep the ball out from Pogba but couldn’t keep Carlos Tevez out and the Argentinian scored his first competitive goal since moving to Turin from Manchester.
A four minute blitz from Juventus finished off Lazio and Juve were crowned Supercoppa Italia champions. Their first piece of silverware for the season. 1 game played = 1 trophy won.