Higuain brace books place in final
Napoli - Juventus - 3-2 - Highlights - TIM Cup 2016/172017
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Two clinical finishes from Gonzalo Higuain in either half sent Juventus to a third consecutive Coppa Italia final at the expense of Napoli on a frantic night at the Stadio San Paolo. Higuain looked to have twice killed off any hope of an Azzurri comeback to put Juve first and then up on aggregate either side of a Marek Hamsik equaliser only for Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne to reduce the aggregate deficit in a breathless opening to the second period. Once ahead on the night, Napoli failed to craft any further opportunities as Juve stood firm to book their place at the showpiece event in Rome where they will meet Lazio for the second time in three seasons. Both sides began the game with the intention of establishing an early lead and both probably ought to have done so within the opening 10 minutes. After a basketball-style start to the action, Juve were left ruing a point-blank block on Alex Sandro after Napoli had failed to clear a corner. As the tension began to rise in midfield with yellow cards flashed in the directions of Callejon, Tomas Rincon, Kalidou Koulibaly and Juan Cuadrado, so too did the nerves in the Napoli defence, Vlad Chiriches nearly gifting the Bianconeri the lead only for Rincon to blaze over the bar unmarked.
Why does Barzagli always get low ratings? He was very good once again, made one mistake were he slipped but it wasn't major. Is it cheaper for Juve, or do they get them for free?. This will be a tricky game, especially because Napoli will be desperate to get their mojo back. But a steady Juve should be able to win
Juve trailed at the break but fought back to take an advantage into the away second leg with Gonzalo Higuain on target against his former club. Paulo Dybala scored two penalties as Juventus secured a first-leg lead over Napoli in the Coppa Italia semi-finals. Massimiliano Allegri's men trailed at the break as Jose Callejon added the finishing touches to a fine move. Lonrenzo Insigne and Arkadiusz Milik were involved before Callejon slotted home at the back post. Allegri changed his system at the break as Juan Cuadrado was introduced to replace Stephan Lichtsteiner and the Colombian had a major impact. It took just two minutes for Juve to draw level as Dybala scored from the spot after being felled by Kalidou Koulibaly.
Juventus' Coppa Italia 2016-17 recap