Giovanni Trapattoni’s Juventus side experienced an unsuccessful league season and also failed to continue an extensive run in the Champions League. However, in the Coppa Italia, the Bianconeri had an unbeaten record of three wins and one draw in the first round, which saw them emerge top of a tricky group comprising Fiorentina, Monza, Nocerina and Taranto.
A two-legged quarter-final meeting against Inter was successfully negotiated by Trapattoni’s men as they produced a convincing display in Turin to take a 3-1 lead to the San Siro. Although the Nerazzurri were victorious in the return fixture, Juventus had done enough to secure progression and a semi-final clash with Catanzaro. Following a 1-1 draw in Calabria, Juve then coasted to a resounding 4-2 victory on their home patch to book a spot in June’s final against Palermo.
Underdogs Palermo took a surprise lead early doors at Naples’ Stadio San Paolo and actually succeeded in holding onto the advantage for much of the encounter. However, Brio snatched a dramatic equaliser late on in the piece to force extra-time. Just as both sides looked resigned to a penalty shootout, Causio popped up three minutes from the final whistle to net the crucial winner.