Roma vs. Lazio: Coppa Italia Final Review

Matteo BonettiContributor IMay 26, 2013

ROME, ITALY - MAY 26:  Stefano Mauri (C) with his teammates of SS Lazio celebrate with the trophy after winning the Tim cup final against AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on May 26, 2013 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Lazio won the Coppa Italia final with a 1-0 win over bitter city rivals Roma, and as an added bonus will compete in the Europa League next season.

It was yet another display of the frenetic pace of the Derby della Capitale, as the past 12 matches between the two have now seen an astonishing 16 red cards handed out. Unfathomable numbers for any European match.

Both teams were desperately looking to acquire this piece of silverware after a disappointing domestic season which saw Roma and Lazio finish in 6th and 7th place respectively.

A Senad Lulic strike on a cross from Antonio Candreva would break the dead-lock in the 71st minute, as Roma pushed forward more vigorously but failed to capitalize on a few salivating opportunities. 

Francesco Totti came the closest to giving Roma an equalizer but his thunderous free-kick was denied by the crossbar.

It's a sad fate for Il Capitano, as we know how much it means to him to bring any type of trophy to his beloved Giallorossi, especially when the foe is Lazio. 

The 36-year old Totti can probably give another season or two before he'll fade off into the sunset. It's almost unfathomable to imagine a Serie A without Er Pupone, as he's been playing with Roma for more than two decades.

On the other side of town, Lazio can only improve. Under new coach Vladimir Petkovic, they built a balanced team which valiantly tried competing in the Europa League even though it would lead to their domestic demise.

Next year, expect the Biancocelesti to not only keep their main stars like Hernanes, but also add a few players to add much needed depth.

The Italian season is now completely over, and the always enthralling rumor mill will now commence. 

In Bocca Al Lupo to both of these Roman sides.