Lazio's Senad Lulic holds up the Italian Cup trophy at the end of the final match between Lazio and Atalanta, at the Rome Olympic stadium on Wednesday. -AP
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored moments after coming off the bench to lead Lazio to a 2-0 win over Atalanta in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday.
Milinkovic-Savic, who was making his comeback from an injury, broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute by heading in a corner. Joaquin Correa doubled Lazio's lead following a counterattack in the final minute as Atalanta pressed for the equalizer.
Marten de Roon had hit the post for Atalanta in the first half in an entertaining, high-tempo match. His shot took a deflection off the hand of Lazio defender Bastos, but the video assistant referee deemed it to be involuntary as it was too close range. Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was furious after being shown a replay of the incident during a television interview after the match.
"I wasn't angry before I saw that replay, as from the bench I absolutely didn't see that," he said. "But it's a very serious error. It's a shot that's going in. It is unacceptable. "If there hadn't been VAR, then that's understandable. But no, this is unjustifiable."
It was Simone Inzaghi's first Italian Cup victory as coach, having won the competition as a player with Lazio three times. The win also salvaged a disappointing season for Lazio, after the club's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League ended with a recent loss to Atalanta. "It's a great night, in front of amazing fans," Inzaghi said.
"But honor to Atalanta, too. It was a really great game, decided by episodes that this time we knew how to turn to our advantage.
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