Senad Lulic was the hero as Lazio secured a 3-1 Supercoppa Italiana triumph over Serie A champions Juventus.
Just over two weeks on from defeating the Bianconeri by the same score in the league, Lazio were once again the scourge of Maurizio Sarri’s men in Riyadh.
Experienced captain Lulic was influential, playing a huge part in Luis Alberto’s opener and guiding home a second-half strike on the volley after Paulo Dybala had levelled shortly before the break.
Danilo Cataldi scored an unstoppable free-kick, the awarding of which saw Rodrigo Bentancur sent off for a second bookable offence, to round out the win as Lazio, who also defeated Juve in the 2017 Supercoppa, won the prize for the fifth time.
Lazio were ahead after 17 minutes when Lulic did brilliantly to deliver a cross to the back post where Sergej Milinkovic-Savic teed up Luis Alberto to apply the close-range finish.
Juve were stirred by that setback and Cristiano Ronaldo fired wide before Dybala went agonisingly close with a free-kick from the edge of the box.
Lazio’s resistance was broken on the stroke of half-time, Dybala tapping in the rebound after Ronaldo’s low drive was parried by Thomas Strakosha.
Dybala almost put Juve ahead when he dragged wide just after the break, while Joaquin Correa headed off target from point-blank range from a Lazio corner. But Simone Inzaghi’s side were back in front after 73 minutes.
Marco Parolo flicked on Manuel Lazzari’s right-wing cross and Lulic brilliantly finished past Wojciech Szczesny at the back post.
Correa had a breakaway effort ruled out for offside but Cataldi saw a superb free-kick crash in off the underside of the crossbar after Bentancur was dismissed for chopping down Correa in a frantic finish.
JUVENTUS: Szczesny, De Sciglio (Cuadrado 55), Bonucci, Demiral, Alex Sandro, Pjanic, Matuidi (Costa 76), Bentacur, Ronaldo, Dybala, Higuain (Ramsey 66)
Subs not used: De Ligt, Danilo, Pjaca, Can, Rugani, Rabiot, Pinsoglio, Bernardeschi, Buffon
Booked: Matuidi, Bentancur
Sent off: Bentancur
Goals: Dybala (45)
LAZIO: Strakosha, Radu, Acerbi, Luiz Felipe, Leiva (Cataldi 64), Milinkovic, Alberto (Parolo 66), Lazzari, Lulic, Correa, Immobile (Caicedo 82)
Subs not used: Patric, Berisha, Bastos, Jony, Guerrieri, Proto, Anderson, Adekanye, Marusic
Booked: Leiva, Alberto
Goals: Alberto (16), Lulic (72), Cataldi (93)
Referee: Gianpaolo Calvarese