Lazio won their fifth ever Coppa Italia on Wednesday night, when they overcame Sampdoria on penalties at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The match itself ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, and following a
fairly lacklustre extra-time period, penalties were required to separate the
two sides. The Biancocelesti eventually came out on top, as they won 6-5, with
Ousmane Dabo netting the decisive strike.
In an extremely joyous time to be apart of the club, two of
the Aquile’s players in Cristian Brocchi and Lorenzo De Silvestri took some
time out to dedicate this victory to Gabriele Sandri, a passionate fan who was
tragically killed last season.
“We certainly gave our all to win this cup, and we have many
people to thank and dedicate this victory to,” Brocchi firstly declared in an
interview with Rai.
“For me, there are two people that I would like to dedicate this
to, with the first being Gabriele Sandri, as this is also his victory.
“The second is devoted to the president, [Claudio] Lotito,
who really did all he could to lead us to this trophy.”
De Silvestri added, “We had the unique opportunity of attempting to win the
Coppa Italia in front of our own fans, and it proved to be a wonderful night
that we will never forget.
“I can only dedicate this victory to Gabriele, as I’m sure that he was giving
us a hand during the penalty kicks.”
The result means that Lazio have now won four
out of the past 12 Italian Cups.
Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com