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Italian Cup final 'moved due to Champions League clash'

AFP , Thursday 14 May 2015
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The Italian Cup final between Juventus and Lazio has been brought forward to May 20, according to reports in the Italian press Thursday following the Turin giants' progress to the final of in the Champions League.

Juventus swept record 10-time winners Real Madrid aside 3-2 on aggregate at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday to book their eighth final in Europe's premier club competition and their first since 2003.

Juventus were scheduled to face Lazio in the Italian Cup final in Rome on June 7, but with the Champions League final in Berlin scheduled the previous day (June 6) the Cup final date has now been brought forward, according to widespread reports.

Serie A officials, who also oversee the Italian Cup competition, have yet to confirm the reports but the switch would boost Juve's preparations ahead of bidding to become European champions for only the third time, and for the first time since 1996.

Juventus face Inter Milan away this Saturday having already secured their fourth consecutive Serie A title.

Massimiliano Allegri's champions host Napoli on May 23 in their penultimate match of the season, although that fixture could yet be moved depending on whether Napoli reach the final of the Europa League.

Rafael Benitez's men are away to Dnipro, with the first leg semi-final tied at 1-1 on Thursday. Fellow Serie A side Fiorentina also host Sevilla, although La Viola suffered a 3-0 first leg defeat to the Spaniards.

Juve are then away to Verona in their final league game of the campaign on May 31, giving the Turin giants several days to focus on upstaging Luis Enrique's Spanish giants Barcelona, who will be bidding for a fifth Champions League crown.

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