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Napoli Lift the Coppa Italia

Napoli won the 2020 Coppa Italia by beating Juventus 4 – 2 on penalties after the game finished 0 – 0.

There was no extratime in the game, so it was straight to penalties, with stand in keeper Meret the hero. Napoli’s usual number 1 was suspended, but Meret, making his first appearance in the cup this season, made a save early in the shootout to ensure the victory.

Napoli the better team in the second half, creating more chances. Juventus dominated possession in the first half but offered very little going forward in the second. The first half was an enthralling affair, with the second half becoming more stop start.

Napoli came closest to a winner, in injury time Maksimovic had his header saved, with Elmas not catching the rebound as it hit Buffon and then the post. The game went to penalties.

Dybala had his attempt saved by Meret, before Insigne did a stuttered run and fired into the corner to make it 0 – 1. Danilo blasted over, and Politano doubled Napoli’s advantage despite Buffon getting a hand to the ball. Bonucci got Juve on the board with a powerful penalty that went in off the crossbar. Maksimovic hit one into the roof of the net to restore Napoli’s two goal advantage.

Ramsey stepped up knowing he had to score to keep Juve in the game, he did so confidently to make it 2 – 3. Polish international Milik got the winning penalty as Napoli were crowned Cup winners.

This was Napoli’s 6th Coppa Italia win, and their first major honor since 2014.

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The Impact Of The Euros Being Delayed

During our LockDown Football Series we were joined by Sebastien of @Footballirlande to discuss how teams will be impacted by the Euros being delayed. We went through all 20 teams and the Play-Off Paths.

Teams will be impacted by players returning from injury and picking up injuries. On top of this there will be momentum swings, and younger players will gain experience. The Netherlands may have an advantage in that some of their young stars will have another season of Champions League, whereas Poland may suffer due to some of their top players getting old. Germany could have another golden generation, while it may be too late for Belgium’s.

Players like Griezmann and Hazard may be on better form, but will Lewandowski still be scoring for fun? Will De Gea or Kepa be on better form for Spain? And what about young guns like Mbape, Haaland, Felix? Will Wales or Iceland pull off another shock? Or could it be Ukraine or Finland?

You can get each episode by clicking the green links below, or searching Post to Post Sport on most podcast platforms. Each episode featured a focus on 4 countries.

France, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland

Spain, Croatia, Germany, Italy

England, Portugal, Wales, Ukraine

Turkey, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden

Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Denmark

Play-Off Paths

Sebastien writes about Irish Football in French. You can view all his content here.

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