AS Roma vs. Lazio, 2013 Coppa Italia Final, Final Score 0-1: Lulić scores to see Lazio lift the Cup

Paolo Bruno

It was a disappointingly cagey Coppa Italia final-cum-Rome derby, taking a late goal from Lazio's winger Senad Lulić to see Lazio win the trophy.

It was a game with few opportunities, though eventually one was converted by Senad Lulić in the second half. His goal ensured that Lazio won their sixth Coppa Italia, while AS Roma were left disappointed after a frustratingly impotent performance.

The first chance of the game came to Lazio's winger Lulić inside the opening five minutes, with his drilled shot from the edge of the area tipped away by Roma keeper Bogdan Lobont. Miroslav Klose followed in on the rebound, though only found the side-netting. Unfortunately this early opportunity didn't set the tone for an exciting end-to-end half, with goalscoring chances few and far between. Francesco Totti had Roma's first effort with a low shot from distance, though it was comfortably saved by Federico Marchetti.

Ten minutes in the giallorossi found themselves with a rare sighting of goal, when Michael Bradley stumbled his way into the penalty area. He was left bearing down on Marchetti, though scooped his shot wide from close range.

The importance of the match had been well noted -- neither Roma nor Lazio have impressed in the league this season; both coaches are yet to prove themselves, and only the winner of the final would be in Europe next season. Oh, and that small matter of the Coppa Italia final being a Rome derby. The importance of the occasion unfortunately manifested itself in a cagey, uneventful match, with Roma in particular not looking keen on actually trying to score.

Both sides' best opportunities came with headers in the final ten minutes of the half. Klose nodded a deep ball from the left straight at Lobont, before Mattia Destro powered Marquinho's cross from the left narrowly over the bar. It was an exciting end to an unentertaining, scrappy half.

Sadly the second period started in much the same way, with the only efforts generally being long-range shots. That changed with just over 20 minutes remaining, when Klose went close for Lazio, almost tapping into an empty goal after sliding to meet a Stefano Mauri ball across the six-yard box. Roma looked better in the second half, though still struggled to create. Destro hit an effort on the turn inside the area a minute later, though it was easily held at the near post.

Finally, there was a goal in the 71st minute, with Senad Lulić tapping in for Lazio after Antonio Candreva's low cross was inadvertently nudged into his path by Roma's keeper Lobont. The giallorossi almost had an instantaneous reply when Francesco Totti's free-kick bounced in front of Marchetti and against the crossbar, though it was scrambled away before it could cross the line. Roma had no reply to Lazio's opening goal, and the aquile sealed their first Coppa Italia victory since 2009.

Roma: Bogdan Lobont; Federico Balzaretti (Pablo Osvaldo 76), Leandro Castán, Nicolás Burdisso, Marquinhos; Daniele De Rossi, Michael Bradley; Marquinho (Dodô 83), Francesco Totti, Erik Lamela; Mattia Destro

Lazio: Federico Marchetti; Stefan Radu, Lorik Cana, Giuseppe Biava, Abdoulay Konko; Cristian Ledesma (Stefano Mauri 54); Senad Lulić, Ogenyi Onazi, (Michaël Ciani 90) Hernanes (Álvaro González 84), Antonio Candreva; Miroslav Klose

Goals: Lulić 81 (L)

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