Lorenzo Insigne‘s brace had earlier given Rafa Benitez‘s side a two goal cushion before Juan Vargas pulled a goal back for the Viola with a thunderous strike. Vincenzo Montella’s side were then denied a late goal from Alberto Aquilani with the Italian being judged a yard offside by the linesman.
Rafa Benitez’s side were however reduced to ten men when Gokhan Inler was rightly sent off for a second yellow late in the second half but the Blues from Naples absorbed pressure and finished off a counter attack to claim the trophy on the night. It was substitute Dries Mertens who showed great composure after being set up by team mate Jose Callejon in injury time.
However, it was a night in Rome where Football was secondary as confrontations took place outside the stadium between opposing fans leaving between four and six people injured, including a police officer. The kick off was delayed by forty minutes with representatives of Napoli, Fiorentina and the Italian football authorities took part in discussions in the middle of the pitch, while Marek Hamsik approached the Napoli fans in an attempt to calm down the situation.
This Coppa Italia win is Rafa Benitez’s 9th out of 15 Cup finals ! #SW_fp
— Football Planet (@iFootballPlanet) May 3, 2014
The triumph was Rafa Benitez’s second in Italy and the widely respected manager has now won trophies with five different clubs in three different countries, his earlier stints being at Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Chelsea.