Immobile double as Lazio stun Juventus in Supercoppa Italiana

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio cast some early doubt on Juventus' ability to sustain their domination of Italian football by claiming a 3-2 victory in the Supercoppa Italiana in Rome.

Juve -- under Antonio Conte and then Massimiliano Allegri -- have won Serie A six years in a row, reaching the Champions League final twice in that period and winning the Coppa Italia three times.

But the shock sale of long-serving defender Leonardo Bonucci, coupled with uninspiring recruitment in the transfer window, has created suspicion that the Old Lady's star might be about to fade.

Lazio certainly proved that Juve have work to do before the new league season starts next weekend, with Immobile scoring a penalty before cutting through a soft back-line to double his tally.

Paulo Dybala launched a one-man comeback at the death, steering home a free-kick with five minutes remaining before converting a spot-kick, but Alessandro Murgia rescued the cup for Lazio.

This preseason triumph also served as prompt revenge for the Bianconeri, who lost the Coppa Italia final to Juve back in May.

Juve, who were beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid in their last competitive outing, June's European Cup final in Cardiff, started positively and Juan Cuadrado was denied an early tap-in by Thomas Strakosha.

Gonzalo Higuain got the Lazio goalkeeper working again with a speculative shot and, in the eighth minute, Strakosha rushed out to snatch the ball away from the onrushing Mario Mandzukic.


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