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Supercoppa Italiana: Juventus 4 Napoli 2 (aet)

11 August 2012 19:21

Juventus came from behind twice to defeat a nine-man Napoli 4-2 after extra-time in the Supercoppa Italiana in Beijing on Saturday.

Edinson Cavani handed Napoli the lead after 27 minutes at the Bird's Nest Stadium, but his strike was cancelled out by Kwadwo Asamoah 10 minutes later.

Goran Pandev pounced on a defensive error to regain Napoli's advantage before half-time, with a penalty from Arturo Vidal tying the score at 2-2 in the 76th minute.

Napoli self-destructed towards the end of normal time as Pandev, their coach Walter Mazzarri, and Camilo Zuniga were all sent off.

Juve then capitalised on their man advantage in the extra time that followed as a Cristian Maggio own goal was followed by a winner from Mirko Vucinic.

Due to Antonio Conte's 10-month suspension banning him from the touchline, his assistant Massimo Carrera took charge of the Bianconeri for the game.

They assumed control inside the opening 15 minutes but for all of Stephan Lichtsteiner's continual forays down the right flank, the creation of a clear-cut opportunity remained elusive.

Juve's inability to test Morgan De Sanctis ended up costing them in the 27th minute when a high defensive line allowed Cavani to stream through on goal.

He attempted to round Buffon and although the keeper got a hand to the ball and forced him wide, the Uruguayan remained composed and stabbed his effort home.

Napoli failed to capitalise on a poor throw-in from Asamoah as Buffon held Pandev's volley from inside the area but the Ghanaian more than atoned for that lapse in the 37th minute.

A long ball from left to right by Vidal was lashed into the bottom corner with a perfectly executed 18-yard volley from Asamoah.

However, the scores were not tied for long as the Azzurri regained their advantage four minutes before the break.

Leonardo Bonucci's clearance rebounded off of Pandev's chest and put him in on goal from the left wing. The defender's efforts to chase him down were in vain as the forward produced a delicate finish, dinking the ball over Buffon and into the net.

Vucinic replaced Alessandro Matri for the Turin outfit at half-time and his introduction certainly galvanised his side. After three minutes he rattled the bar and he then, after rounding De Sanctis, he saw his goal-bound effort blocked by Paolo Cannavaro.

Andrea Pirlo also had a long-range free kick saved but Juve's improved attacking display eventually paid dividends with 16 minutes left on the clock. Vucinic was dragged down in the area by substitute Federico Fernandez and Vidal converted the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way.

The game became increasingly ill-tempered and Pandev and Zuniga were shown red cards, the former for dissent and the latter for two clumsy challenges, in the closing stages, while coach Mazzarri was also sent from the touchline.

With the score level at the final whistle the game went to extra time, which Napoli were forced to contest with nine men.

The reigning Serie A champions made their two-man advantage count with a pair of goals in the first half of the additional 30 minutes.

Maggio diverted a Juve free kick from the right into his own goal after De Sanctis failed to clear and Vucinic added the finishing touch to a delightful flick from Claudio Marchisio to put the game well beyond Napoli's reach.

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +50 90
2 34 +50 82
3 34 +28 68
4 34 +18 58
5 34 +22 56
6 34 +9 51
7 34 +9 51
8 34 +7 49
9 34 +0 49
10 34 -6 49
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15 34 -13 36
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19 34 -31 25
20 34 -33 23

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