2015 Coppa Italia Final

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2015 Coppa Italia Final
Stadio Olimpico 2008.JPG
The Stadio Olimpico in Rome held the final
Event2014–15 Coppa Italia
After extra time
Date20 May 2015
VenueStadio Olimpico, Rome
RefereeDaniele Orsato
Attendance60,000
2014
2016

The 2015 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 2014–15 Coppa Italia, the 68th season of Italy's main football cup. It was played on 20 May 2015 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, between Juventus and Lazio. Juventus won 2–1 after extra time for a record tenth title.[1][2]

As Juventus won the 2014–15 Serie A, Lazio qualified automatically as the cup representative in the 2015 Supercoppa Italiana.

Background[edit]

Juventus played a 15th final, second only to Roma's 17. They had won nine, a joint record with Roma. Their most recent final was in 2012, losing 0–2 to Napoli, and their last victory was in 1995, defeating Parma 3–0 on aggregate.[3] It was Lazio's eighth, of which they had won six, most recently a 1–0 win in 2013 against Roma.[3] Juventus and Lazio contested the 2004 final, which Lazio won 4–2 on aggregate.[3]

Road to the final[edit]

Juventus Round Lazio
Opponent Result 2014–15 Coppa Italia Opponent Result
N/A N/A Third round Bassano Virtus 7–0
N/A N/A Fourth round Varese 3–0
Hellas Verona 6–1 Round of 16 Torino 3–1
Parma 1–0 Quarter-finals Milan 1–0
Fiorentina 1–2, 3–0 (4–2 agg.) Semi-finals Napoli 1–1, 1–0 (2–1 agg.)

Juventus[edit]

Juventus, of Serie A, began the competition in the last 16, hosting fellow top-flight team Hellas Verona at Juventus Stadium on 15 January 2015. Sebastian Giovinco scored twice in addition to Roberto Pereyra's first Juventus goal for a 3–0 lead at half-time. After Paul Pogba extended Juventus' lead, Nenê scored a consolation goal for Verona. Rafael Márquez fouled Giovinco for a penalty which Álvaro Morata converted, and 18-year-old substitute Kingsley Coman scored his first Juventus goal to conclude a 6–1 victory.[4]

In the quarter-finals 13 days later, Juventus played Parma away, winning with a goal by substitute Morata in the 89th minute.[5]

On 5 March, Juventus began their two-legged semi-final against the last season's finalists Fiorentina. In the home match, Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the lead, but Fernando Llorente equalized before half-time. Salah then scored a second to win the match.[6] In the second leg on 7 April, Juventus travelled to the Stadio Artemio Franchi and won 3–0 to triumph 4–2 on aggregate. Alessandro Matri, Pereyra and Leonardo Bonucci scored, but Morata was sent off with two minutes remaining for a poor challenge on Alessandro Diamanti.[7]

Lazio[edit]

Lazio, also of Serie A, began in the third round with a home match against Lega Pro team Bassano Virtus on 24 August 2014. They won 7–0 with goals by Antonio Candreva, Keita (2), Stefan de Vrij, Marco Parolo, Dušan Basta and Miroslav Klose.[8] They hosted Serie B club Varese in the fourth round on 2 December, winning 3–0; an own goal by on-loan defender Stefan Šimić was followed two minutes later by Filip Đorđević, with Felipe Anderson scoring a late third.[9]

In the last 16 on 14 January 2015, Lazio travelled to the Stadio Olimpico to face their first top-flight opponent of the campaign, Torino. Keita and Klose put them ahead before half time, with Josef Martínez scoring four minutes into the second half. Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli was sent off for fouling Klose for a penalty, which Cristian Daniel Ledesma converted.[10] Thirteen days later in the quarter-finals at the San Siro, Lazio defeated Milan 1–0 with a penalty by Lucas Biglia, awarded after Michelangelo Albertazzi handled his cross. Lorik Cana was sent off for Lazio shortly afterwards.[11]

On 4 March, Lazio hosted holders Napoli in the first leg of the semi-final and led at half time after Felipe Anderson had set up a goal for Klose. Napoli equalised in the second half when Gonzalo Higuaín went around Lazio goalkeeper Etrit Berisha and provided a goal for Manolo Gabbiadini.[12] In the second leg on 8 April, substitute Senad Lulić scored in the 79th minute to win the tie 2–1 on aggregate from a low cross by Felipe Anderson. In the final moments of the match, Lulić slid to clear a sure goal off the goal-line from Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne.[13][14]

Match[edit]

Date change[edit]

The 2015 Coppa Italia Final was originally scheduled to be played on 7 June, however with the qualification of Juventus to the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final on 6 June, the date was changed to 20 May.

Team selection[edit]

Giorgio Chiellini captained Juventus for the final, scoring their equaliser

Juventus were without forward Álvaro Morata, who was sent off in the second leg of the semi-final, as well as midfielder Claudio Marchisio, who was given a yellow card in that match.[7] In Morata's absence, Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez started up front, and Giorgio Chiellini captained the team who were without regular goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, replaced by Marco Storari.[15]

Summary[edit]

Lazio scored the first goal in the fourth minute, when defender Ștefan Radu headed in a free kick by Danilo Cataldi. Juventus equalised seven minutes later: Andrea Pirlo sent in a free kick which Patrice Evra headed down to Chiellini six yards from goal, and the captain scored past Etrit Berisha. There were chances for both teams in the remainder of the first half: Llorente missed a header from Evra's cross and Storari saved from Cataldi who had been set up by Felipe Anderson. Marco Parolo hit a 25-yard shot wide of the target.[15]

Early in the second half, Berisha saved when Llorente had an opportunity to score. For Juventus, Tevez set up Paul Pogba, but his shot was blocked. Lazio missed from long range, another Parolo strike and a free kick by Santiago Gentiletti. Shortly after he came on in place of Miroslav Klose, Lazio forward Filip Đorđević had an attempt saved by Storari, and the Juventus substitute Alessandro Matri had a goal disallowed for offside. Đorđević had another opportunity before the end of regulation time, striking both goalposts. In the first half of extra time, Matri scored past Berisha from ten yards, the eventual winner.[15]

Details[edit]

Juventus2–1 (a.e.t.)Lazio
Chiellini Goal 11'
Matri Goal 97'
Report Radu Goal 4'
Attendance: 60,000
Juventus
Lazio
GK 30 Italy Marco Storari
CB 15 Italy Andrea Barzagli
CB 19 Italy Leonardo Bonucci Yellow card 64'
CB 3 Italy Giorgio Chiellini
RWB 26 Switzerland Stephan Lichtsteiner Substituted off 115'
DM 21 Italy Andrea Pirlo
CM 23 Chile Arturo Vidal
CM 6 France Paul Pogba Substituted off 78'
LWB 33 France Patrice Evra Yellow card 60'
CF 14 Spain Fernando Llorente Substituted off 84'
CF 10 Argentina Carlos Tevez
Substitutes:
GK 1 Italy Gianluigi Buffon
DF 5 Italy Angelo Ogbonna
DF 7 Italy Simone Pepe
FW 11 France Kingsley Coman
DF 17 Italy Paolo De Ceglie
MF 20 Italy Simone Padoin Substituted in 115'
MF 22 Ghana Kwadwo Asamoah
MF 27 Italy Stefano Sturaro
FW 32 Italy Alessandro Matri Yellow card 97' Substituted in 84'
GK 34 Brazil Rubinho
MF 37 Argentina Roberto Pereyra Substituted in 78'
MF 39 Italy Luca Marrone
Manager:
Italy Massimiliano Allegri
Lazio-Juventus 2015-05-20.svg
GK 1 Albania Etrit Berisha
CB 3 Netherlands Stefan de Vrij Substituted off 105'
CB 18 Argentina Santiago Gentiletti
CB 26 Romania Ștefan Radu Substituted off 71'
RM 8 Serbia Dušan Basta
CM 16 Italy Marco Parolo Yellow card 18'
CM 32 Italy Danilo Cataldi
LM 19 Bosnia and Herzegovina Senad Lulić
RW 87 Italy Antonio Candreva Yellow card 108'
CF 11 Germany Miroslav Klose Substituted off 83'
LW 7 Brazil Felipe Anderson
Substitutes:
DF 2 France Michaël Ciani
DF 5 Netherlands Edson Braafheid
MF 6 Italy Stefano Mauri
FW 9 Serbia Filip Đorđević Substituted in 83'
FW 14 Spain Keita Substituted in 105'
GK 22 Italy Federico Marchetti
MF 23 Nigeria Ogenyi Onazi
MF 24 Italy Cristian Ledesma
DF 33 Brazil Maurício Substituted in 71'
DF 39 Belgium Luis Pedro Cavanda
GK 77 Albania Thomas Strakosha
DF 85 Argentina Diego Novaretti
Manager:
Italy Stefano Pioli

References[edit]

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