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Napoli

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus boss defends Andrea Pirlo substitution after shootout defeat

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reacts to Napoli's Italian Super Cup win over Juventus, but questions whether or not Rafa Benitez will stay with Napoli long-term.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has defended his decision to substitute Andrea Pirlo in Monday's Italian Supercoppa clash, which the Italian champions eventually lost to Napoli on penalties.

Juve lost to the Coppa Italia holders 6-5 in the shootout after the match in Doha finished 2-2 after extra time, with Napoli twice coming from behind to level.

The Bianconeri had two spot-kicks to win the game, but Giorgio Chiellini and Roberto Pereyra both failed from 12 yards with veteran set-piece taker...

 By Mina Rzouki

Juventus were outworked and outsmarted in Super Cup loss to Napoli

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says his team's never say die attitude saw them emerge victorious on penalties over Juventus in the Italian Super Cup.

If a team cannot manage the win when presented with three match points then the trophy is simply not deserved. Against Napoli in the Supercoppa, Juventus choked in the important moments and threw away the opportunity to win a trophy losing 6-5 on penalty kicks after the game ended in a 2-2 draw after 120 minutes.

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Talent, character or luck, are just a few of the reasons why a certain team is allowed to lift a trophy. However, in Doha for the Supercoppa final, maturity was the reason the Partenopei...

By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Benitez: Attitude won us the game

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says his team's never say die attitude saw them emerge victorious on penalties over Juventus in the Italian Super Cup.

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By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Marcotti: Benitez an ambitious manager

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reacts to Napoli's Italian Super Cup win over Juventus, but questions whether or not Rafa Benitez will stay with Napoli long-term.

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Napoli beat Juventus on penalties to win Italian Super Cup

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Juventus' Carlos Tevez and Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain both scored twice in the Italian Super Cup, which was decided by penalties where Rafael's net-minding propelled them to the trophy.

Napoli goalkeeper Rafael was the hero as he saved Simone Padoin's penalty to earn Rafael Benitez's side a dramatic 6-5 shootout victory over Juventus in the Italian Super Cup[ in Doha.

The match went into extra-time after Carlos Tevez's fifth minute opener for Juve was cancelled out by Gonzalo Higuain midway through the second half.

Tevez scored again in the 106th minute but Higuain levelled the game at 2-2 two minutes before the end to take the match to a penalty shootout.

Both sides missed their...