Juventus vs. Napoli: Edinson Cavani Proves His Worth in Coppa Italia Victory

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIMay 20, 2012

ROME, ITALY - MAY 20:  Edinson Cavani of Napoli celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Tim Cup final match between Juventus FC and SSC Napoli at Olimpico Stadium on May 20, 2012 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Edinson Cavani is the real deal.

Napoli's star scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Juventus to win the Italian Cup final on Sunday. The victory was the club's first hardware in 22 years and fourth in club history.

Cavani's goal came in the 63rd minute of a scoreless game. His goal allowed Napoli to relax and play their game.

It forced Juventus—who isn't used to being on the losing side of things this season—to be more aggressive, which led to counter-attack options for Napoli when they decided the time was right.

Juventus' pushing forward ultimately led to a classic Napoli counter-attack in the 83rd minute. Marek Hamsik sealed the deal with a beautifully placed finisher to give Napoli its second goal of the game.

Napoli has played well all season long, so it doesn't shock me to see their persistence pay off in the end. They deserved this victory.

Juventus was unreal this season in the league and in other tournaments. They were playing lights out and Napoli defeated them by two goals.


You can't say enough about Cavani, though.

He's scored more often than not at Napoli, and he is invaluable to their success since joining the club. Who knows where they would be without the goal scorer. 

He has made Napoli what they are today—Coppa Italia winners.