Napoli Beat Juventus On Penalties to Win Coppa Italia

Napoli have won the Coppa Italia after seeing off Italian champions Juventus 4-2 on penalties after the game ended goalless at an empty Stadio Olimpico.

Arkadiusz Milik showed nerves of steel to score the winning spot-kick after Paulo Dybala’s first for Juve saved, before team-mate Danilo blazed the second over.

The win gives Napoli their first trophy in six years and their sixth Coppa Italia title following wins in 1962, 1976, 1987, 2012 and 2014.

Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has now won his first major trophy as a manager although he lifted the Cup as a Milan player in 2003.

Not many would have advanced that Gattuso would win a trophy in Italy before Juve manager Maurizio Sarri, but it’s not only happened, he actually beat Sarri who used to coach Napoli to do so.

The encounter itself was a drab affair featuring few chances with Juve dominating and Napoli content to sit behind and hit on the break.

Although Juve had most of the ball, the more inviting chances fell to Napoli who nearly nicked victory with the last kick of the game but Gianluigi Buffon saved twice from Nikola Maksimovic and Elif Elmas to send the game to penalties.

Juve started in the worst possible fashion after Dybala’s kick was saved and matters became worse when Danilo blazed Juve’s second over the bar after Lorenzo Insigne had scored for Napoli.

Leonardo Bonucci and Aaron Ramsey scored to keep Juve after Napoli scored their next two and it then fell to Milik to ensure victory which he calmly did.

The loss means Juventus boss Sarri is still without a trophy as a manager and increases the pressure on the former Chelsea manager to win Serie A which is set to resume on Saturday, 20, June.