Napoli beat Juventus on penalties and became champion of the Italy Cup


The first trophy of Italian football after the stop for the coronavirus was for the Napoli that this Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium in Rome beat the Juventus on penalties, after the goalless draw in extra time and he won the Italian Cup title. For the whole of the south, the four executors converted, while the cast of Turin failed Paulo Dybala and Danilo.

The first part found the southern cast with the intention of dominating the ball and from there creating situations, but the high pressure of the rival and the lack of rhythm evident by the stoppage of more than two months caused several players to miss key passes that they ended up provoking attacks from the opponent. It was so after 4 minutes Dybala recovered an offensive ball, released back to Cristiano Ronaldo and this one finished off to put to the second wood, but the young Meret showed off to reject it.

The duel quickly entered a plateau. Too much transition on the part of both and the posture of Napoli to withdraw quickly before each loss, made the process of the story slow and disputed far from the arches.

The best situations were sipped at the end and were for those of Gennaro Gattuso. First, a free kick by Lorenzo Insigne struck the post of the goal defended by Buffon. Then, another shot by the Italian striker from the door of the area found on the line the rejection of Alex’s head Sandro. In that same action, Diego Demme He took advantage of a loose ball to filter through the right sector, leave three players on the road and shake with power at the near post, but Buffon he was stifled by the scream and sent the ball to the corner. From the bounce of that corner kick, Badge He again tried the experienced Italian goalkeeper, who flew to clear a shot to the near post with his hands as a goal.

In this way, the first half went out with zero on the scoreboard and a lesson for Juventus who must seek a more vertical game if he wants to generate situations, or start long-range shooting to test the young goalkeeper Alex Meret, which hardly had participation.

Buffon’s impressive save in the Italian Cup final between Juventus and Napoli (Infobae)

In the complement, the monotony of the game was maintained, although Juventus was encouraged with some shots from medium distance, but that did not generate too much danger. In addition, with the five changes allowed by FIFA, the match lost shape due to the entry and exit of several protagonists.

On the end, in the added time, Napoli had a triumphant corner kick, but Buffón dressed as a hero for those from Turin. Milik headed at the far post and forced the Italian goalkeeper to throw himself against a stick to reject the ball, the rebound fell at the feet of Eljif Elmas who shot into point blank range in the small area and again Gianluigi reacted to slap the ball that he later hit the stick and was rejected by one of his companions.

After that action, the referee marked the end of regulation time and led the outcome to the shots from the penalty spot. There, Dybala and Danilo, who had entered the complement, his shots failed, while by stop the Napoli converted its four executors.

Dybala missed a key penalty kick (Reuters)
Dybala missed a key penalty kick (Reuters) (ALBERTO LINGRIA /)

The Vecchia Signora, the maximum winner of this competition, leader of the local tournament and in the round of 16 in the Champions League, had reached this stage after leaving Milan on the road; while those led by Gennaro Gattuso eliminated Inter in the semifinals.

In the absence of Gonzalo Higuaín on offense, Maurizio Sarri chose to play without a fixed reference in attack and Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala will alternate to take the place of center-forward. The trident was completed by the Brazilian Douglas Costa.


Court: Rome Olympic Stadium.

Referee: Daniele Doveri.


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