Napoli are 2014 Coppa Italia winners thanks to Saturday’s 3-1 win over Fiorentina at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
Lorenzo Insigne spotted the Neapolitans an early 2-0 lead, but Juan Vargas pulled La Viola back into the encounter with a volleyed goal shortly before the half-hour mark.
It looked as though Napoli’s would be facing difficult finish when Gokhan Inler was sent off late in the second half, but an insurance marker from Dries Mertenes sealed the club’s fifth Coppa Italia championship in stoppage time.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Fiorentina Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Fiorentina
Neto: No chance on either Insigne goal.
Tomovic: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.
Rodriguez: The veteran was caught out on both counter-attacks that led to goals against.
Savic: Looks extremely nervous.
Pasqual: Had an early opportunity to get in behind the Napoli defense but ran himself offside.
Pizarro: Has contributed a pair of tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Aquilani: Had the ball in the back of the net as half-time approached, but it was disallowed for offside.
Vargas: Took his goal—a left-footed volley—extremely well.
Joaquin: Just 17 touches in the opening frame.
Valero: Completed 92% of his passes in the first half.
Ilicic: Provided the flicked pass for Vargas’ volley.
Full-Time analysis for Fiorentina
Neto: Drifted too far from his left-hand post on the Mertens goal.
Tomovic: Finished the match having won all of his aerial battles.
Rodriguez: Contributed four tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Savic: Completed an impressive 92% of his passes out of the defense.
Pasqual: Touched the ball 48 times in 56 minutes before being replaced by Fernandez.
Pizarro: He touched the ball 111 times but didn’t play a single killer pass.
Aquilani: Again failed to make an impact and was withdrawn in favour of Matri.
Vargas: His goal made the game close, but he didn’t have a meaningful scoring opportunity in the second half.
Joaquin: A very quiet night for the retired Spain international.
Valero: Made a vital goal-line clearance.
Ilicic: Should have equalised late on but chipped the ball just over the crossbar.
Fernandez: One of his two shots was a wasteful, selfish effort that missed the target from well out.
Rossi: It was his first action since January 5.
Matri: Five touches in a late cameo.
|Napoli Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Napoli
Reina: Didn’t stand a chance on the goal and didn’t have a save to make, otherwise.
Henrique: Getting forward as often as possible.
Fernandez: Made an important stop on Valero just second before Insigne’s first.
Albiol: Has completed 96% of his passes out of the defense.
Ghoulam: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.
Jorginho: Thirty-one touches of the ball and a passing rate of 95% for the 22-year-old.
Inler: Backing off the Fiorentina ball-carriers a bit too much.
Insigne: Two absolutely delightful goals in the space of six minutes.
Hamsik: Laid the ball off for Insigne’s first.
Callejon: Just 18 touches through 45 minutes.
Higuain: Picked up an assist on Insigne’s second.
Full-Time analysis for Napoli
Reina: Made a spectacular, tipped save to deny Valero.
Henrique: Dealt admirably with Vargas and Pasqual.
Fernandez: A highly-concentrated performance; he didn’t put a foot wrong.
Albiol: Won all of his aerial battles.
Ghoulam: Distributed the ball nicely in the second half and completely neutralised Joaquin.
Jorginho: He finished the match with a pass-completion rate of 93% and three tackles contributed as well.
Inler: Could well have been sent off well before his second bookable offense.
Insigne: Faded after the restart and was replaced by Behrami
Hamsik: Limped off in the 64th minute as Mertens came on.
Callejon: Played an exceptional ball to Mertens for Napoli’s third.
Higuain: Only 22 touches for the Argentine striker, although he set up Insigne’s second.
Pandev: Had one decent chance but missed the target.
Mertens: Took his goal extremely well with Neto swimming.
Behrami: Helped tighten things up in the final 10 minutes.