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Napoli wins Coppa Italia to end 22-year trophy drought
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Napoli's players celebrate at the end the final of the Cup of Italy Juventus vs Napoli at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on May 20, 2012.
Mon May 21, 2012 3:5PM
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Napoli has inflicted a rare defeat on the unbeaten Serie A champions Juventus in the final of Coppa Italia for the club to win its first silverware in 22 years.


The Naples-based club scored two second-half goals at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Sunday night to spoil Alessandro Del Piero's last game in what has been an illustrious career for the Bianconeri.

An Edinson Cavani penalty put Napoli ahead after 63 minutes, with Marek Hamsik ensuring victory seven minutes from time to deny Juventus a double.

Napoli, who last tasted success when winning the 1990 Serie A title, started convincingly and created several opportunities in the first half to which Juventus only provided a partial response.

The Azzurri broke the deadlock just after the hour when Marco Storari brought down Ezequiel Lavezzi in the penalty area and Cavani converted from the spot.

Hamsik put the result beyond doubt in the 83rd minute with Goran Pandev providing the assist following a brisk counter-attack.

All that was left was for Juve’s Quagliarella to see red for an elbow on Salvatore Aronica, leaving Napoli celebrating and Del Piero bowing out on a low note.

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