Lazio beat Juventus to win Super Cup after wild finale

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 14 Aug 2017, 21:14:53
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Lazio beat Juventus to win Super Cup after wild finale

ROME, Aug 14 (AP): Alessandro Murgia scored a last-gasp winner as Lazio beat Juventus 3-2 Sunday to win the Italian Super Cup after a wild end to the match.

Two goals from Ciro Immobile, including an opening penalty, had seemingly set Lazio on the way to a comfortable win. But Paulo Dybala netted a stunning free kick in the 85th minute and converted a penalty in the first minute of stoppage time.

The match appeared to be heading for extra time before youth academy graduate Murgia, who had come on as an 80th-minute substitute, scored the winner.

"I'm happy, and very emotional," said Murgia, who turned 21 on Wednesday. "It was hard because they levelled at the end, but we never give up. We believed right until the end and we are really happy.

The result goes some way to avenging Lazio's defeat to Juventus in the Italian Cup final in May.

"Credit to the lads for what they did and deserved," Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi said.

Juventus starts its search for a seventh straight Serie A title at home to Cagliari on Saturday, the day before Lazio hosts newly promoted Spal.

The Italian Super Cup normally pits the league champion against the cup winner, but Juventus had again won the double last season - for the third successive year.

Shortly after that success, Juventus lost a second Champions League final in three seasons, while reports of infighting and the departure of key defender Leonardo Bonucci to Serie A rival AC Milan has made it a difficult offseason for the Italian champion.
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