Six Super Cup successes

Six Super Cup successes
Six Super Cup successes
Six Super Cup successes

2013 Super Cup – Juventus 4-0 Lazio, Stadio Olimpico, Rome

A devastating second-half combination of clinical counter attacking and lethal finishing enabled Juventus to achieve their sixth Italian Super Cup crown with a resounding 4-0 success over Lazio at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

Early first-half substitute Paul Pogba provided the catalyst for the breakthrough on 23 minutes, swinging a balanced opening in the Bianconeri’s favour with a left-footed strike on the turn.

Antonio Conte’s words at the break clearly had the desired effect as any fears of a Biancocelesti comeback were swiftly allayed by three goals in the space of four second-half minutes.

Giorgio Chiellini made a rare foray into enemy territory to double the advantage from close range, Stephan Lichtsteiner netted against his former side after breaking through the centre of midfield and Carlos Tevez crowned his competitive debut with a poacher’s finish following good work from Pogba.

2012 Super Cup – Juventus 4-2 Napoli (after extra-time), Beijing National Stadium, Beijing

The Bianconeri began the encounter with added motivation after they had been denied a domestic double three months earlier by a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Napoli in the Coppa Italia final.

Walter Mazzarri’s charges drew first blood in the Chinese capital as Edison Cavani slipped in behind Juve’s high defensive line on the half-hour mark and managed to retain his composure to drive the ball into the back of the net following Gigi Buffon’s half-save.

However, Antonio Conte’s men fashioned an impressive response soon after when Kwadwo Asamoah celebrated his first official match in the black and white stripes by latching on to Arturo Vidal’s crossfield pass before unleashing a venomous first-time volley into the bottom corner.

Napoli restored their lead just before the interval when Goran Pandev burst away down the left flank and shrugged off pressure from Leonardo Bonucci to lift a delicate lob finish over the outstretched arm of Gigi Buffon. Vidal then displayed nerves of steel with 16 minutes remaining in regular time as he coolly slotted home a penalty kick to take the match to extra-time.

Napoli duo Juan Zuniga and Pandev were both shown red cards minutes before the final whistle of regulation time and the Bianconeri took full advantage of their numerical supremacy. Christian Maggio turned into his own net on 97 minutes and then Mirko Vucinic sealed a hard-earned victory four minutes later via a clinical finish from close range following Claudio Marchisio’s intelligent assist.

2003 Super Cup – Juventus 1-1 Milan (5-3 on penalties), Giants Stadium, New Jersey

An intriguing contest was in the offing as the reigning Serie A champions squared up against the winners of the Coppa Italia in a rematch of the Champions League final barely two months earlier.

As was the case on that night in Manchester, neither team was able to find a breakthrough in regular time and penalties were needed before a winner could be crowned.

This time, however, there were two goals during extra-time. Andrea Pirlo’s converted spot-kick on 106 minutes sparked scenes of jubilation for the Rossoneri, but they were quickly cut short in the blink of an eye as David Trezeguet snatched a decisive equaliser. The fate of the trophy would have to be decided by a penalty shootout.

Juventus successfully netted at all five times of asking. Marco Di Vaio, Trezeguet, Alessandro Birindelli, Mauro Camoranesi and Ciro Ferrara kept their cool in a high pressure atmosphere to give the club its fourth Super Cup triumph.

2002 Super Cup – Juventus 2-1 Parma, June 11 Stadium, Tripoli

Alessandro Del Piero gave Juventus a half-time advantage when he latched on to Marcelo Salas’ perfect flick pass and drove the ball into the bottom corner past the dive of Sebastian Frey on 38 minutes.

However, Parma restored parity just past the hour mark through Di Vaio, who unleashed a curling left-footed strike from the edge of the area.

But it was to be the Bianconeri who took the trophy home from Tripoli when substitute Marcelo Zalayeta burst away down the right flank and played a teasing low cross into the path of Del Piero, who gleefully tapped home from point blank range to spark rapturous celebrations in the Libyan capital.

1997 Super Cup – Juventus 3-0 Vicenza, Stadio Delle Alpi, Turin

After initially struggling to break down the stubborn rearguard of Francesco Guidolin’s Vicenza side, the Bianconeri found their stride early in the second period by netting twice in quick succession after the interval.

Summer arrival Filippo Inzaghi found the initial breakthrough when he grabbed a typical poacher’s goal by pouncing on Pierluigi Brivio’s half-save to score. The frontman then doubled his personal tally just moments later as he prodded home at the back post from Antonio Conte’s pinpoint cross on the turn.

The result was then put beyond doubt when Conte himself added his name to the scoresheet 15 minutes from time with a stunning first-time strike into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.

1995 Super Cup - Juventus 1-0 Parma, Stadio Delle Alpi, Turin

Juventus had completed a domestic double the season before and found themselves pitted against Parma in a re-match of the previous campaign’s Coppa Italia final.

After failing to achieve victory against Napoli in the competition five years earlier, the Bianconeri set the record straight as a solitary strike from Gianluca Vialli just past the half hour mark proved enough to provide the club with its first ever Italian Super Cup triumph.

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