One of the second-half showings of the season took Juventus to within one step of the Coppa Italia final as two penalties by Dybala and a poacher’s finish from Gonzalo Higuain set up a barnstorming 3-1 semi-final first-leg victory over Napoli at Juventus Stadium.
Behind early on to Jose Callejon’s close-range strike midway through a disappointing opening period, the Serie A leaders roared back after the interval in style, overwhelming their thereto impressive visitors with three goals in the space of 22 minutes.
Within an instant of the restart, Dybala won his first spot-kick of the night and duly converted it. Suddenly Juve were reinvigorated. With the away defence creaking, it was only a matter of time before the hosts struck again.
Right on cue, two critical errors from away keeper Pepe Reina swung proceedings decisively in the hosts’ favour. On 65 minutes, the Spaniard left his goal unguarded for Higuain to sidefoot in on the volley after flapping at Pjanic’s corner before illegally halting an electrifying Juan Cuadrado sprint from deep when clean through.
Dybala, once again, was flawless from 11 metres out. Advantage Juve ahead of the second leg at the San Paolo.