Lazio triumphed in the final of the Coppa Italia, by edging past Sampdoria on penalties at the Stadio Olimpico.
The match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, as a result of a
wonder strike by Mauro Zarate for the Biancocelesti, as well as a clever header
by Giampaolo Pazzini for Samp, both of which were scored in the first half.
After 30 minutes of extra time, the sides could not be
separated, meaning that penalties were required to determine the cup winner,
which consequently proved to be Delio Rossi’s men, as they ran out victors in
the shoot out 6-5.
“This triumph is mainly dedicated to the fans, but also to
everyone who has made many sacrifices to get us to this point,” an emotional
Rossi declared in an interview with Rai after the match celebrations.
“We won this trophy the hard way, on penalties. Having said
this though, when you have a great passion for what you do, then you get even
greater satisfaction from achieving things like this.”
As expected, the Rossi was asked finally about his
coaching future, and understandably he made a short statement regarding that
“We will see at the end of the season…” Rossi concluded.
It is the first time Lazio have won the Coppa Italia since
back in 2004, and it is their fifth ever in their history.
Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com