Napoli win Coppa Italia via penalty

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Rome: Napoli held their nerve to claim a first ma­jor tro­phy in six sea­sons by beat­ing Ju­ven­tus 4-2 in a penalty shootout in the Coppa Italia fi­nal.

Arka­diusz Mi­lik scored the win­ning spot-kick af­ter Paulo Dy­bala had seen his first for Juve saved, be­fore team-mate Danilo blazed the sec­ond over. This fol­lowed a hard­fought 0-0 over 90 min­utes of few chances, played be­hind closed doors at the Sta­dio Olimpico. It gives Napoli boss Gen­naro Gat­tuso his first ma­jor tro­phy as a man­ager. How­ever, for his op­po­site num­ber Mau­r­izio Sarri it is an­other lost piece of po­ten­tial sil­ver­ware.

So far in his ca­reer - which in­cluded a trans­for­ma­tional three-year spell at Napoli that saw them reg­u­larly chal­lenge for the ti­tle - Sarri has just last sea­son’s Europa League to his name, from his one cam­paign with Chelsea. And while his side cur­rently top Serie A, they are far from as­sured of se­cur­ing a ninth straight ti­tle and his first tro­phy on home soil, with their lead over sec­ond-placed Lazio just one point.

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