Lazio beat Juventus 3-1 to clinch Italian Super Cup in Riyadh

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Lazio players celebrate after winning the Italian Super Cup against Juventus at King Saud University Stadium, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Dec. 22, 2019. (AP)
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo during the Juventus v Lazio match at King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Dec.22, 2019. (Reuters)
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Lazio's Stefan Radu during the Juventus v Lazio match at King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Dec.22, 2019. (Reuters)
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Updated 23 December 2019

Lazio beat Juventus 3-1 to clinch Italian Super Cup in Riyadh

  • It was the second time in three years that Lazio had beaten Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana
  • Juve are no strangers to Saudi Arabia having won the Super Cup in Jeddah in January this year, beating AC Milan 1-0

RIYADH: Lazio beat Juventus 3-1 on Sunday to win the Italian Super Cup for a fifth time at the King Saud University Stadium in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

“We did something magical — to beat Juve twice in two weeks is incredible,” Inzaghi told Rai Sport.

“I think this was another deserved victory for a strong team that always believed in our ideas.”

Lazio, the only team to have defeated Juve in Serie A this season, were in front through Luis Alberto after 16 minutes.

Paulo Dybala levelled just before the break after a shot from Ronaldo was parried into his path by Lazio’s Albanian goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.




Lazio's players celebrate after winning the Supercoppa Italiana final football match against Juventus  at the King Saud University Stadium in  Riyadh on Sunday. (AFP) 

Despite boasting the attacking talents of Ronaldo, Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, it was the Roman side who looked more likely the next to score.

Bosnian international Senad Lulic restored Lazio’s advantage in the 73rd minute with an impressive volley.

Danilo Cataldi added a third in the fourth minute of stoppage time from a free kick after Juve’s Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur had been sent off.

It was the second time in three years that Lazio had beaten Juventus in the Super Cup. The capital side had also won 3-1 when the two clubs met in Serie A two weeks ago in what was Maurizio Sarri’s only previous defeat as Juventus coach.

The Italian league has a contract with Saudi Arabia to play three Super Cups in the country over five years and — just like last year — the match went ahead.

Ronaldo was the main reason the fans came to watch and Juve obviously took the occasion on board with their famed black and white shirts sporting Arabic designs.

Juve are no strangers to Saudi Arabia having won the Super Cup in Jeddah in January this year, beating AC Milan 1-0.

The Turin giants had been looking to win the trophy for a ninth time.

Juventus will now turn their attentions to defending their Serie A title.

They are currently level at the top of the table with Inter Milan while Lazio are third, six points off the pace.


Mikel Arteta: ‘We can face Liverpool with confidence’

Updated 42 min 12 sec ago

Mikel Arteta: ‘We can face Liverpool with confidence’

  • Arsenal face ultimate test of their character against Premier League champions

LONDON: Mikel Arteta believes Liverpool are getting “better and better” but says Arsenal must go to Anfield believing they can win after two straight victories against Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Arsenal have a maximum six points from their first two league matches of the season but face the ultimate test of their character against the Premier League champions on Monday.

Liverpool also have a 100 percent record this season but suffered a league defeat at the Emirates in July and lost to Arsenal on penalties in the Community Shield last month.

“We know the standards they have set in this league, how consistent they have been and that’s because they dominate almost every aspect of the game,” Arsenal boss Arteta said on Friday.

“So we need to be at our best, we need to compete really well against this team and hopefully the boys are ready to do that on Monday.”

Arteta said it was easier to play at an empty Anfield than in front of Liverpool’s passionate supporters but pointed out that Klopp’s side were in fine form.

“I think they are getting better and better,” he said. “They have fewer weaknesses. They are a fantastic side.”

Arteta called on his team to be ruthless in front of goal but said they would also have to prepare to “suffer for periods.”

“Most important, have the belief that we can go there and win and we all have to believe we are capable of doing that,” he said.