Finally, for the Old Lady’s dominance of this fixture in Serie A, winning 75 of her 142 previous encounters, the Romans enter tomorrow night’s meeting with the slightest of upper hands in the Coppa Italia, knocking Juve out eight times (only Inter have succeeded in eliminating them on more occasions) since being first drawn together in September 1942.
That five-goal thriller at the capital’s Stadio Mussolini, however, was merely an indication of the drama that would follow in the ensuing 73 years.
Following a second consecutive elimination at the hands of the Romans in 1957/58, the Bianconeri would exact swift revenge on home turf in the 1959/60 semi-final courtesy of John Charles, a two-time winner of the competition, Sergio Cervato and Severino Lojodice.
Fifteen years later, it was the turn of another illustrious name of the club’s past to guide them past the Biancocelesti.
Having drawn 0-0 in the capital in their second game of the 1973/74 edition of the trophy, then contested in two rounds of group stages, Roberto “Bobby Gol” Bettega’s double sealed back-to-back 3-0 home wins to leave Lazio bottom of Group B.
The result, however, was not enough to secure a place in the season’s showpiece for the Bianconeri, beaten to top spot by eventual losing finalists Palermo.