The Partenopi end the undefeated streak for Juventus
President De Laurentiis’ dream of rewarding the Neapolitans around the world came true as goals from Edison Cavani and Marik Hamsik were abundant to end Juventus’ 42 games unbeaten streak, as Napoli forced Antonio Conte for the first time this season to announce his angriness through these words: “I do not enjoy losing, especially in a Final.”
Napoli’s Sean Penn Walter Mazzarri celebrated the first triumph of his career as a coach; he offered the team from Naples their first title since 1989-90 after an extraordinary performance.
The Partenopi started the game putting Conte’s boys under pressure as they ruled both flanks maintaining possession and tracking back to defend; first attempt came from Hugo Campagnaro who tired out Juve’s defense crossing the ball to the soaring Juan Zuniga with a powerful header that was saved Marco Storari.
The Bianconeri did not show their superlative performance giving Edison Cavani and his teammates the space needed to create chances, as moments later Ezequiel Lavezzi was on the blink of opening the score line but his shot just went wide.
The first chance for the Juventini came from a stunning shot by Claudio Marchisio but Morgan De Sanctis dived to his left to palm away preventing Il Principio from scoring.
In his last game wearing the number 10 jersey for Juventus, he had his chance from a free kick particularly from “The Del Piero Zone” to produce some magic that will never be forgotten, but his shot was punched away from De Sanctis. Alex left the pitch as the characteristic striker he has always been, cheering up his teammates with his overwhelming Grinta, putting the interest of his beloved Fidanzata d'Italia above everything.
In the second half the absence of Giorgio Chiellini was witnessed as Lavezzi pierced Juventus' defensive resilience with his pace and forcing Storari to make a reckless challenge, awarding Napoli a penalty where the Matador was able to personify calmness by netting the first goal and forced the Bianconeri to be trailing for the first time in Coppa Italia this season.
After that the Partenopi defended with great togetherness and commitment denying the Old Lady’s constant menace to come up with anything useful on the goal, only substitute Simone Pepe dribbled past the defense, his shot was deflected by the defenders but found Napoli’s heroic goalkeeper at the right place.
The blanket of defensive defiance helped Napoli score the second goal through a counter attack after a long run from Goran Pandev who came with a beautiful assist to Marek Hamsik bagging the victorious goal, the Slovakian International promised to shave his head after captivating his first title with his desired club.
A victory every Italian citizen leaving in Naples was awaiting,
“It was almost unthinkable to beat Juventus over 90 minutes when they hadn’t lost all season. It was an achievement within an achievement,” said Walter Mazzarri
“This club was reborn in 2004 and in a few years we brought home success, but also the knowledge Napoli are alive, exist and can be champions in the world of sport.” were the words of the relieved president