Juventus loses Coppa Italia final to hand Napoli first trophy in six seasons

Napoli held Juventus to a 0-0 score in normal time before edging the ‘Old Lady’ out 4-2 on penalties to secure their first major title in 6 seasons.

Both Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso and Maurizio Sarri of Juventus haven’t won a domestic title before and it was the former who would edge out his opposition.

Arkadiusz Milik who came on as a substitute in the second half the game for Dries Mertens scored the winning spot-kick after Paulo Dybala had seen his first for Juve saved, before team-mate, Danilo blazed the second over.

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Napoli since appointing Gattuso as Ancelotti’s successor has been a perfect team, one which has produced a silverware since 2014. Something even Sarri couldn’t do while being the manager at Napoli.

Highlights from the game

Juventus dominated possession, created few opportunities in the first period with an error from Jose Callejon enabling Rodrigo Bentancur to test Meret from distance, but chances were at a premium during a cagey affair.

After the interval, Matteo Politano was wasteful when he lifted his shot over from Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s center as both managers began to ring the changes.

Leonardo Bonucci and Dybala produced speculative efforts from distance that failed to trouble Meret, but Juventus were indebted to Buffon just when it seemed the game looked destined for penalties.

Federico Bernardeschi conceded a sloppy corner in the second minute of stoppage time, which was met by defender Nikola Maksimovic at the far post forcing Buffon into a fine save low to his right, and the veteran stopper was able to divert the rebound from Elif Elmas onto the post.

The match was inevitably decided from 12 yards, and after Juventus missed their first two penalties, Milik made no mistake to secure the victory for Napoli.

Gianlugi Buffon was a beast in goal saving Juventus blushes throughout the game as well as the man of the match, Napoli’s goalkeeper, Alex Meret who stepped up to the occasion by making vital early saves before denying Dybala in the shootout.

The shootout between both teams

Napoli Juventus
Insigne scored Dybala missed
Politano scored Danilo missed
Maksimovic scored Bonucci scored
Milik scored Ramsey scored

 

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