ROME, June 18: Cristiano Ronaldo never had a chance. Arkadiusz Milik converted the decisive spot kick in a penalty shootout as Napoli won its sixth Italian Cup following a 0-0 draw with
Ronaldo was likely Juventus� last penalty taker but after Paulo Dybala had his shot saved and Danilo blasted high over the goal, the five-time Ballon d�Or winner could only stand at midfield and watch as Napoli won the shootout 4-2.
Afterward, Ronaldo appeared on the verge of tears.
Ronaldo had a good look at the goal five minutes in but his effort was pushed away by Napoli�s second-choice goalkeeper Alex Meret. As the match wore on, he made less of an
Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said Ronaldo is struggling to regain his famous acceleration speed after the shutdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic.
�Unfortunately that�s normal when you�re not playing games,� Sarri said.
The game went straight to penalties without extra time being played � a precautionary measure for players still getting back into shape in only their second match of the restart.
In the first half, Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne hit the post with a free kick.
Juventus controlled most of the possession but Napoli had the better chances as Juve�s 42-year-old goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon made a series of difficult saves � until the shootout.
Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso, still mourning the recent death of his younger sister, was visibly emotional afterward. � AP