Rafa Benitez’s Napoli broke the hearts of the Turin club fans by beating them in a thrilling Supercoppa final on penalties (6-5), after the match ended 2-2 in normal time on Monday night at Doha. Juventus twice missed their opportunity for victory in the shootout as Napoli lifted the trophy.
Juventus started the match brightly as they opened the scoring within five minutes as Carlos Tevez pounced on a mix-up between Koulibaly and Raul Albiol to score from close range.
Juventus held on to their 1-0 lead until the break but Napoli started the brighter of the two in the second half. Callejon went close when he put the ball wide from just a few yards out in the 55th minute before Higuain hit the post five minutes later.
When it looked like this was not Napoli’s day, Higuain finally converted a cross from Christian Maggio to level the score.
With no more goals, the match went to extra time. Tevez again put Juve in front after Paul Pogba set him up in 106th minute.
Juventus were touching distance away from winning the title but, Higuain leveled again with two minutes left on the clock to take the match to penalties.
Both sides missed their first kick and the shoot-out went to sudden death after it finished 4-4. Buffon saved Dries Merten’s effort to set the match point for Juventus but, Napoli stopper Rafael kept out Giorgio Chiellini’s spot-kick.
The Juve goalkeeper made another save to deny Jose Callejon to give his side the advantage, but Roberto Pereyra sliced his penalty high above the bar.
Kalidou Koulibaly then gave Napoli the edge, as he scored to put the shootout 6-5 in their favour. In the resulting penalty, Padoin’s effort was kept out by Rafael to claim their first Supercoppa triumph in 24 years.
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