Lazio beat Juventus 3-1, their second win over the Turin giants in little more than two weeks, to win the Italian Super Cup on Sunday, the annual meeting between the Coppa Italia winners and Serie A champions.
Second-half goals from Senad Lulic and Danilo Cataldi won the match which was being played in Saudi Arabia for the second year running.
Lazio also beat Juventus 3-1 in Serie A on December 7, handing their opponents their first defeat under coach Maurizio Sarri.
That sparked a fight inside the Italian champions as they remained determined not to see a repeat of the 2017 Super Cup final, when they were beaten by Lazio.
That fight proved to be inspired when Paulo Dybala levelled for the Serie A champions at the end of the first-half from a rebound after Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot was parried by Thomas Strakosha.
VAR had a look to check whether there was an offside in the build-up to the goal but there was no infringement and the strike stood.
Juventus seemed to be in control in the second half and Ronaldo was close to putting his side ahead with a shot which went just over.
But the Old Lady was soon caught out when Marco Parolo’s cross flew across the face of goal and Lulic volleyed in at the far post in the 73rd minute.
Juventus then had midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur sent off in stoppage time and Cataldi curled the resulting free kick into the net with the last action of the game.
Afterwards, Lazio President Claudio Lotito said they can “make some dreams come true” after “out-classing Juventus” for the Supercoppa Italiana.
“It is a thoroughly deserved victory from a team that played with heart, quality and ferocity,” the President told Lazio Style Channel.
“We dominated the whole match and this is confirmation we can fight it out with everyone and make our fans happy. We all have our role and give a contribution to the club’s success. It is a big family and I am the father figure.
“The emotional element is fundamental, as having technical quality or physical strength isn’t enough. You need a team spirit, determination and the desire to achieve objectives together.
“If this team can keep its feet on the ground, it can make some dreams come true.”
Lazio are currently third in Serie A and beat Juventus by the same 3-1 scoreline in that competition on December 7.
“We proved again that we out-classed Juventus, so that was no fluke,” added Lotito.