Football: Napoli wins Italian Cup, Milik seals victory

SSC Napoli defeated Juventus FC in the final of the Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) after the penalty shoot-out and Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik sealed the victory with the final kick from eleven metres.

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Milik started the match on the bench, he was brought into the pitch in the 67th minute, when he replaced Belgian forward Dries Martens. In the first squad of Napoli was another Pole, midfielder Piotr Zieliński, who was substituted in the last minutes of the second half. Wojciech Szczęsny, the goalkeeper of Juventus, spent the whole game on the bench.

The match between SSC Napoli and Juventus FC was tight and no goals were scored during the regular play. Both teams had opportunities to put the ball in the net but did not manage to do so. There was no extra-time and after the 90 minutes, the referee announced the penalty shoot-out.

The first shooter was Paulo Dybala of Juventus, but Napoli’s goalkeeper Alex Meret saved his penalty. After him, Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne put the ball in the net.

The second try of Juventus was also unsuccessful when Brazilian Danilo missed. Napoli extended its lead after Matteo Politano scored, even though legendary Gianluigi Buffon was close to saving it.

Leonardo Bonucci was the first of “Bianconeri” who managed to score a penalty. After him, Nikola Maksimović of Napoli again increased the lead of the team from Naples.

Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey gave some hope for Juventus when he scored for 3:2, but then Arkadiusz Milik had a successful try and Napoli won the shoot-out and the whole competition.

This was the first trophy won by the team from Naples since 2014, when they also had won the Italian Cup. Wednesday’s victory was the first title won by Zieliński and Milik in the team’s colours.

Arkadiusz Milik began his football career in the Polish Rozwój Katowice youth squad and in 2010 he joined the team's main squad. Since then, he player for Górnik Zabrze, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Augsburg and Ajax. On August 1, 2016, he joined Napoli club for EUR 35 million.