MILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored to assist Juventus win a record-extending ninth Italian Tremendous Cup by beating Napoli 2-0 on Wednesday.
Napoli missed the prospect to take the match to further time when captain Lorenzo Insigne missed a late penalty and Alvaro Morata sealed the outcome with the final kick of the sport.
It was Juve’s ninth Tremendous Cup title, taking it two above AC Milan, which is the crew with the second most victories within the competitors.
The match showcasing the Serie A and Italian Cup champions is generally thought to be little greater than a pleasant. It was the standard season curtain-raiser in August however has been performed in December or January a number of instances over the previous few seasons.
Juventus got here into the match with coach Andrea Pirlo underneath growing stress, particularly after a 2-0 loss to title rival Inter Milan on Sunday.
It was a cagey match, with few real scoring alternatives, however Juventus finally broke the impasse within the sixty fourth minute.
A Juventus nook took a few ricochets earlier than touchdown within the path of Ronaldo, who did not miss from shut vary.
Napoli had the prospect to degree 10 minutes from time however Insigne fired his penalty extensive of the left submit after Dries Mertens had been tripped by Weston McKennie.
Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny did effectively to parry an effort from Piotr Zielinski seconds earlier than Morata completed off a counterattack to safe Pirlo’s first trophy in cost.
Atalanta missed the prospect to go third in Serie A after being held to a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Udinese in a rearranged match.
Udinese surprised Atalanta by scoring within the opening minute however Luis Muriel canceled out Roberto Pereyra’s purpose on the stroke of halftime.
Atalanta remained sixth, a degree under the highest 4 and 10 adrift of league chief AC Milan. Udinese is now 4 factors above the relegation zone.
The match in Udine was initially set for Dec. 6 however the floor was waterlogged.
Udinese, which had misplaced 4 of its previous 5 matches, bought off to an excellent begin when Pereyra reduce in from the correct and positioned an angled drive between keeper Pierluigi Gollini’s legs to offer his facet the lead after 23 seconds.
Atalanta dominated possession however it was Udinese which regarded the extra threatening. Nevertheless, the guests leveled moments earlier than the interval when Muriel gathered the ball simply outdoors the world and beat two gamers earlier than slotting previous keeper Juan Musso.
Udinese had the ball within the web 4 minutes from time however defender Marvin Zeegelaar’s strike was dominated out for his foul on Gollini.
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