Juventus vs. Napoli – Match Report – January 20, 2021

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Juventus vs.  Napoli - Match Report - January 20, 2021

(EFE) – A goal by Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who was decisive again in a big event after not seeing the door in the last two games, together with a goal from Spanish Álvaro Morata, gave Juventus the ninth Super Cup of his history, thanks to the 1-0 win against Napoli at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.

After the tough defeat suffered last Sunday against Inter Milan, which significantly complicated the ambitions of retaining the league title for the tenth year in a row, Juventus regained its competitive nature and won the first trophy of the season against Naples in which Lorenzo Insigne missed the penalty for a possible tie in the 80th.

It is the first title of Andrea Pirlo’s coaching career and the ninth for his Juventus, after the triumphs of 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018, before this Wednesday.

And it is the 29th of Cristiano’s career with the clubs, the 31st if you also consider the Eurocup and the UEFA Nations League raised with the Portuguese team.

It was a spectacular save from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to Lozano’s header after half an hour, which served to break the monotony of a cross marked by tension and tactical attention on the part of both teams in the first half.

The “Chucky” went ahead to the marking of Danilo Luiz Da Silva and hit a German Diego Demme center head inside the area, but there Szczesny appeared with a huge reaction to repel the ball and maintain the 0-0 in the light.

At Juventus, whose only dangerous attempt in the first half was signed by Cristiano with a narrowly high right hand, Andrea Pirlo added power and speed by giving way to Federico Bernardeschi for Federico Chiesa after the break.

The Turin team increased the rhythm and, after brushing the advantage with Bernardeschi himself, whose attempt was saved under sticks by the Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, broke the equality in 65 at the hand of Cristiano.

In an action originated in a corner kick, the ball reached Cristiano after bouncing off the Frenchman Bakayoko and CR7 sent it with his left leg to the bottom of the net to give Juventus an advantage.

For Naples, history could change in 1980, when Belgian Dries Mertens, who had jumped onto the field eight minutes earlier, got a penalty, awarded by the VAR, for a foul by American Weston McKennie.

However, captain Insigne crossed the shot too far and sent the ball wide, much to the relief of Juventus, who celebrated it as a goal in favor.

He attacked with all of Napoli in the final section and brushed the equalizer in the added with a shot that, after a deflection by Chiellini, was stopped with one foot by Szczesny.

It was the last time for the Neapolitan team, which would capitulate in 95 to a goal against Morata’s counterattack from the Colombian Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, who returned this Wednesday after two weeks off due to coronavirus.

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