Lulic ecstatic with Coppa Italia winner

The Bosnian winger hailed his late strike as "the most important goal of my career" while Miroslav Klose and Hernanes revelled in Sunday's Olimpico triumph
Lazio midfielder Senad Lulic was ecstatic to score the winning goal in a tense Coppa Italia final against Roma on Sunday.

The 27-year-old scored late on to seal victory for Vladimir Petkovic's men, securing a return to the Europa League in the process, and the Bosnian was under no illusions as to just how valuable his strike proved to be to the club.

“It is certainly the most important goal of my career and this win will never be forgotten. To score the winner in a Coppa Italia final against Roma is just incredible,” he told RAI Sport after the match.

“I don’t know if a fixture like this will ever happen again. I dedicate the goal to my wife, who is expecting our child.”

Striker Miroslav Klose claimed the victory was unlike anything he has experienced in his long career to date and paid tribute to the hard work put in by Biancocelesti staff on and off the pitch this season.

“I think this is different to anything else in my career," he enthused. "When you see these fans and the staff working behind the scenes all year, we have to thank them.

“You play football to get something in your hands and so it was important to lift the trophy. We worked all year and this was the result.

“I think we put in a great performance, though Roma were also strong and fought hard. I’m happy we won at the end.”

Hernanes was similarly thrilled to become part of Lazio folklore upon lifting the trophy, the Brazilian admitting he has fulfilled a life-long ambition by clinching the prize.

“It is incredible, I have no words," he said. "This is a unique moment in history. I remember as a child I thought about how short life is and that we have to live it to the full, to write our name in history.

“I never knew that after 12 years I’d have this opportunity with my team-mates to put my name permanently into Lazio’s history."

However, Hernanes, who has been linked with a move away from Rome this summer, was coy on his plans heading into the 2013-14 season.

“Before this game I just wanted to focus on this match. Now I have the Confederations Cup, so the first part of my work is done. Now I want to enjoy this moment.”