Lazio fans clash with riot cops in shocking street scenes ahead of Italian Cup final

By | 16th May 2019

LAZIO ultras were involved in ugly scenes with local police ahead of their Coppa Italia victory over Atalanta.

Masked thugs torched a police car, threw flares and tossed around crowd control barriers in ugly scenes before the showpiece final.

A police car was burned out during the violence on the streets of Rome
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Ultras rioted in the streets and threw objects including flares at police
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Many of the most violent offenders wore hoods and baseball caps with scarves over their faces, while some even wore helmets in preparation for pre-match rioting.

The ultras threw stones, bottles and other objects while authorities responded by firing water at them.

Two policemen had to be taken to be taken to hospital as a result of smoke inhalation, while five fans were arrested.

Lazio even went on to win the final 2-0 in the end, thanks to late goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa.

Some fans threw security barriers in the streets
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Riot police filled the streets to counter the ultras
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Masked men threw missiles including stones and flares
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One man even wore a helmet in preparation for streetwide carnage
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It was the first time the Biancocelesti have won the trophy since 2013 and the seventh time in their history, as well as the first major trophy won by manager Simone Inzaghi outside the Supercoppa.

After the match, supporters dived into the fountain at Piazza del Popolo and climbed up the ancient sculptures carrying sky blue flags and scarves to cheer on the victory.

Atalanta were heartbroken after conceding two late goals, and they are now without a trophy since they clinched the Coppa Italia in 1963.

There are still two rounds of the Serie A season to go, with Lazio set to miss out on the European places down in eighth, while Atalanta can qualify for the Champions League with one win in two, as AC Milan sit three points behind them.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored the opening goal for Lazio that put them on their way to victory
Lazio lifted the Coppa Italia for the first time in six years
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Supporters celebrated victory by diving into the fountain at Piazza del Popolo in the Italian capital

This post written by Alex Terrell originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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