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Super Cup

  • August 11, 2012
  • • 13:00
  • • Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
  • • Attendance: 75000

Live Commentary

  • Full-time here at the National Stadium in Beijing and it's finished 4-2 to Juventus! Thanks for all your input and following the match with me - even if my prediction of 2-1 wasn't exactly realised - and be sure to stay on for more breaking news and reports! I'm Livio and it's been a pleasure. Ciao!
  • 120'
    One minute of added time to be played, as Juve keep the ball with considerable ease.
  • 118'
    Great vision from Asamoah to see the run of Vucinic. However, his through ball is hacked away by a blue shirt. Meanwhile, Bonucci's hamstring seems to have run its course, and the stopper is ready to be stretchered off for the last moments of the match.
  • 116'
    SubstitutionSebastian Giovinco Emanuele Giaccherini
  • 116'
    Giovinco caps off a promising debut shift upon his return to the club by being hauled off for Giaccherini. Not much to report on right now, bar a Vidal run, which eventually ended in a goal kick to Napoli.
  • 112'
    Yellow Card Leonardo Bonucci
  • 112'
    Bonucci is extremely lucky to be on the pitch still. Maggio gets a free route to goal, but the centre-back cynically throws his arm in the wing-back's face! Infuriating from a Napoli point of view.
  • 110'
    CLOSE!!! Marchisio sprays the ball out wide to Padoin, and the midfielder's low cross needs to be smothered by De Sanctis. Napoli defenders nowhere to be seen again!
  • 108'
    Giovinco is adjuged offside from a Vucinic through ball. The ref looks to have got this decision right, as the Italy international was a good yard ahead.
  • 107'
    De Sanctis again has to play as an extra defender, as another long ball forces him to race off his line and avert the danger using his head!
  • 106'
    SubstitutionGökhan Inler Andrea Dossena
  • 106'
    We're back under way in Beijing, with no changes made by either outfit.
  • 105'
    The first 15 minutes are up, and we'll be back shortly for the second!
  • 101'
    Assist Claudio Marchisio
  • 101'
    Goal Mirko Vučinić
  • 101'
    IT'S A FOURTH FOR JUVE!!!! A magnificiently-worked goal, as Marchisio collects a lobbed pass on the left side of the box, before backheeling the ball into the path of Vucinic, who coolly finishes past De Sanctis in acres of space.
  • 98'
    Juventus have killed the tempo and are now just playing the ball around in an attempt to see out their lead! Napoli are hanging on by the skin of their teeth - it's damage limitation now!
  • 97'
    Own Goal Christian Maggio
  • 96'
    IT'S AN OWN GOAL... IN FAVOUR OF JUVENTUS!!! A cross is whipped into the middle, which De Sanctis badly misjudges, and Maggio is forced to head into his own net! The champions regain their advantage!!
  • 94'
    Maggio charges down the right flank, but to no avail as the ball eventually goes out for a goal kick.
  • 91'
    @mickjones15 is ruling out any conspiracy theories: "Two idiotic red cards and Juventus is to blame? Hahahah Napoli fans cry more than Inter!" - you tell 'em Mick!
  • 90'
    We're under way for the first half of extra time!
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow/Red Camilo Zúñiga
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow Card Sebastian Giovinco
  • 90' + 3'
    And the 90 minutes are up, with extra time ready to be played out. Your tweets are coming up shortly, while we have a breather in Beijing!
  • 90' + 1'
    This is getting ridiculous now, as Mazzarri is ALSO sent off for his protests at the decision!
  • 90'
    Unbelievable! Napoli have yet ANOTHER player sent off, this time Zuniga who is given his marching orders! He was firstly booked for an altercation with Lichtsteiner, and now he has foolishly lent his arm into Giovinco!
  • 89'
    SubstitutionStephan Lichtsteiner Simone Padoin
  • 88'
    Padoin is now on for Lichtsteiner, and he wins a free kick for his side, which Pirlo wastes as his attempt to take it quickly backfires!
  • 85'
    Red Card Goran Pandev
  • 85'
    Agonisingly close from Juventus as Vidal powers into the box and almost plays Vucinic in with a delightful lay-off! However, Britos intervenes in the nick of time and puts the ball out for a corner.
  • 83'
    Pandev is sent off for hauling an insult at the referee's assistant! Absolutely ludicrous behaviour by the the ex-Inter forward, and his side must now play the last 10 minutes with a man less!
  • 81'
    Lots of fouls being made, with Gargano being the latest to be pulled up by the referee. However, not much in terms of goalscoring chances, so extra time is a distinct possibility!
  • 79'
    De Sanctis does wonderfully well to race off his line and read the danger, as Giovinco is released with the Napoli offside trap non-existent and goal seemingly at his mercy!
  • 78'
    Yellow Card Camilo Zúñiga
  • 78'
    Yellow Card Stephan Lichtsteiner
  • 76'
    Right, back to the action and fortunately not much has happened! However, Napoli are on the break, as Behrami slips the ball to Gargano, but his shot is at a difficult angle and is eventually blocked by Lichtsteiner for a corner.
  • 75'
    @AMAN_2COOL_2HOT may be onto something: "Juventus may be trailing, but they will come hard. I predict a 4-3 win for Juventus." - We shall see!
  • 74'
    Penalty Goal Arturo Vidal
  • 74'
    Lucio's not getting a whole lotta love on Twitter this afternoon, and @UncleB_ is the latest to voice his discontent: "I think Lucio needs to get a seat on the bench!"
  • 72'
    VIDAL MAKES IT 2-2!!!!!!! The Chilean, as cool as you like, steps up and sends De Sanctis the wrong way. Game on!
  • 70'
    PENALTY TO JUVE!!!! Vucinic, the second-half substitute, is hauled down in the area by fellow benchwarmer Fernandez! Mazzarri is furious with the decision, and it's left to Vidal - can he grab the equaliser?
  • 69'
    That's more like it from Giovinco! The diminutive No.10 wriggles his way into the box, but he takes one touch too many and the danger is averted.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionMarek Hamsik W. Gargano
  • 67'
    Napoli look to wind down the clock now, despite having at least 20 minutes of play left! Vidal is upended, but again Juventus can't make the most of their set-piece opportunity.
  • 67'
    Napoli look to wind down the clock now, despite having at least 20 minutes of play left! Vidal is upended, but again Juventus can't make the most of their set-piece opportunity.
  • 65'
    Giovinco creates a chance out of nothing as he turns with his back to goal on the edge of the box and shows some quick feet. Sadly for the former Parma ace, his shot harmlessly goes into the orbit.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card Edinson Cavani
  • 63'
    A free kick is won by Juventus towards the right of the penalty area, but Pirlo can't quite wrap his boot around it, as the attempt floats over the crossbar!
  • 62'
    SubstitutionPaolo Cannavaro Federico Fernández
  • 60'
    Yet another defensive mistake from Juve as Bonucci is again found wanting at the back after a simple pass, and Behrami comes a whisker away from extending Napoli's lead!
  • 58'
    END-TO-END STUFF!!! The ball comes straight back as Pirlo's raking pass is superbly controlled and brought down by Vucinic. However, Cannavaro is there to read the danger and block the forward's goal-bound strike!
  • 57'
    ANOTHER NAPOLI COUNTER AND ALMOST ANOTHER GOAL! Straight from the goal kick, Cavani collects the ball and leaves Lucio for dead. The striker then slides a ball into the box, but no-one is there to finish the move off!
  • 57'
    Possible penalty shout? Vucinic goes down in the box as Cannavaro is adjudged to have pulled him down, but again Mazzoleni is not interested in the shouts!
  • 55'
    Inler is again given time to pick out a pass, and he does just that as he flights a dangerous ball into the Juve box, forcing Asamoah to head the ball away for a corner!
  • 54'
    Great strike from the midfield maestro as he forces De Sanctis into parrying away to his right!
  • 53'
    Yellow Card Valon Behrami
  • 53'
    Another yellow card, this time for Napoli as Behrami trips up Marchisio! Pirlo stands behind the free kick, dead central to goal, ominously...
  • 52'
    Yellow Card Paolo Cannavaro
  • 51'
    Very feisty challenge from Cannavaro on Giovinco, as he lunges in wrecklessly! Yellow card warranted there and it's a free kick to Juve on the left hand side.
  • 48'
    CLOSE!!!! Vucinic almost makes an instant impact as he cuts into the box and smashes a shot at the crossbar, albeit with a De Sanctis hand!!!
  • 46'
    SubstitutionAlessandro Matri Mirko Vučinić
  • 46'
    Cavani almost picks up from where he left off in the first half, as he pings a shot at goal to Buffon's right, but the custodian is equal to the Uruguayan's attempt.
  • 45'
    And we're back in business for the second half!
  • The players come back out onto the pitch for the second half, with the game ready to kick off once more! Vucinic comes on for Matri, as Juve seek the equaliser!
  • The players come back out onto the pitch for the second half, with the game ready to kick off once more!
  • Meanwhile, @DoloHustler, a Napoli fan, believes: "Cavani was due for that goal... and Pandev is stepping his game up, what a stunning finish... Forza Napoli." - Thanks for all of your views!
  • @july_26_pRieS on Twitter questions the motives behind the signing of Lucio from Inter, as he quips: "Still can't understand why Juve signed Lucio."
  • Has the Scommessopoli scandal affected Juventus? Does the Old Lady's defence need reinforcing? Will the absence of Lavezzi eventually take its toll Napoli in the long haul? Can Napoli keep their lead intact? So many talking points in that half of football!
  • And there we have it. Half-time here in Beijing, and it's Napoli who lead 2-1 going into the break, arguably against the run of play! Be sure to send me all of your views and opinions on what has been a fantastic 45 minutes of football - via Twitter @livmc!
  • 45' + 1'
    Vidal has the last chance of the half, as he crosses the ball into the box. Britos appears to have subsided the danger with a header, However, the ball goes into no-man's land and forces De Sanctis to tip over the bar!
  • 44'
    It's difficult to measure how much the absence of Antonio Conte has affected Juve, but 44 minutes in and it doesn't seem that way. Only defensive lapses have cost the Scudetto holders! One minute of added time to round off this first half.
  • 42'
    Not a great deal of pace in the Juventus back three, it has to be said. They are struggling to contain the electric pace of Napoli in the final third, despite dominating possession in the other areas!
  • 41'
    Goal Goran Pandev
  • 40'
    ANOTHER GOAL FOR NAPOLI!!!!! Bonucci is caught cold as his attempt to clear is blocked by an on-rushing Pandev, who is alert to the opportunity and charges into the box, before delicately dinking the ball over Buffon!
  • 39'
    Napoli are calling for a penalty as Cavani goes down in the area, but the referee isn't interested. Soon after, a ball drops to Cannavaro, who blasts a shot at Buffon, but it is easily gathered.
  • 37'
    Assist Arturo Vidal
  • 37'
    Goal Kwadwo Asamoah
  • 37'
    AND THERE'S THE EQUALISER!!!!!! Asamoah, one of the best players this afternoon, again finds himself in an advanced position down the left, and hammers home a powerful, low strike past De Sanctis at the near post!
  • 35'
    Now it's Giovinco who decides to make matters into his own hands and concedes a free kick after nipping at the heels of Inler, arguably twice his size!
  • 32'
    Yellow Card Miguel Angel Britos
  • 32'
    Britos is shown the yellow card for a cynical challenge near the touch-ine on Giovinco, who has faded in these past few minutes.
  • 30'
    Juventus are imploding here it seems! A lax throw-in from Asamoah eventually drops onto the foot of Pandev in the Bianconeri's penalty area, and Buffon is forced to save the Macedonian's volley from close range!
  • 29'
    Napoli are the masters of counterattacking football, and for that reason alone can never be underestimated, no matter how much pressure they find themselves under! Pirlo gets another free kick, but once more his effort is diverted away for a corner.
  • 27'
    Goal Edinson Cavani
  • 27'
    WHERE DID THAT COME FROM!!!!!!!! Napoli incredibly take the lead through none other than Cavani! An outrageously high defensive line sees the striker dash past Lucio, one-on-one with Buffon. Although the goalkeeper stops him at first, the Uruguayan manages to squeeze the rebound home!
  • 25'
    Quiet few minutes as Juve look to take their foot off the gas and regroup. However, Napoli are still forced to chase, in an attempt to get the ball off their Turin rivals!
  • 22'
    Delightful play from Asamoah! The Ghanaian runs towards the edge of the Napoli box, and sidesteps both Pandev and Maggio before firing in a floated ball, which Lichtsteiner is inches away from putting his head onto!
  • 20'
    Juve win a free kick around 35 yards from goal, as Inler upends Vidal in his stride, but Pirlo's attempt bounces off the wall.
  • 18'
    The Partenopei are finally presented with a sight at goal with Hamsik, fresh from his clash with Bonucci. The Slovak, though, sees his volleyed strike sail high over the bar.
  • 17'
    Bonucci is down on the pitch with blood streaming from his nose. The defender took a shot, but Hamsik was a little too late with his block and ended up putting an arm across his opponent's face!
  • 15'
    The Old Lady are getting nearer and nearer to breaking the deadlock! This time, it's intuitive play from Giovinco, who plays a one-two with Marchisio in the box. However, the Italy midfielder sees his strike deflected for a corner!
  • 14'
    Lichtsteiner again finds his luck down the right flank and drills in a ball into the danger zone, but no-one is there to apply the finish! It eventually ends up with Asamoah on the opposing wing, and wins a corner.
  • 12'
    Juventus are demanding a free kick near the penalty area, but Paolo Mazzoleni waves the protests away. It appeared Britos had pulled down Lichtsteiner after originally losing the ball in his own half. More warning signs then!
  • 10'
    The champions are beginning to infiltrate the wings. Napoli really need to start patrolling Asamoah and Lichtsteiner better, otherwise they face going a goal behind! Giovinco has also looked lively, and his movement is sure to cause problems as the game wears on.
  • 8'
    Napoli are displaying their trademark counterattacking style, but Juve are determined not to be hit on the break! Meanwhile, at the other end, Cannavaro is forced to clear his lines as a cross-field ball comes his way.
  • 6'
    Unsurprisingly, it's Juve who are seeing most of the ball in these early stages. Pirlo again looks to play through a colleague with a pinpoint lobbed pass, but Lichtsteiner is adjudged offside.
  • 4'
    Pirlo looks to exploit his playmaking abilities by finding space in the centre circle, and scoops up a delightful pass into the path of Matri. Britos does well to intervene before it reaches the striker!
  • 2'
    Both teams are struggling to keep possession as they look to settle down first. Napoli almost find an opening, however, as Pandev seeks to slip Cavani through, but Lucio anticipates the danger!
  • 1'
    Right, we're now under way, with Juventus going right-to-left and Napoli in the opposite direction!
  • As always, feel free to immerse yourselves within the action by tweeting me @livmc. Alternatively, you can send your messages to @goal_intl!
  • As we can see, Juve give competitive debuts to the likes of Lucio and Kwadwo Asamoah, while Sebastian Giovinco prepares to kick off his second spell in Turin. It's also a refreshed Napoli outfit, as Valon Behrami starts in midfield. No Ezequiel Lavezzi though!
  • A capacity crowd here in China, home of the 2008 Summer Olympics, with around 75,000 fans in attendance! The players are now coming out onto the pitch. Not sure if they know what they're letting themselves in for!
  • And last but not least, Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos; Maggio, Behrami, Inler, Hamsik, Zuniga; Pandev, Cavani. Subs: Rosati, Aronica, Dossena, Fernandez, Gargano, Insigne, Vargas.
  • Here's the team news, starting with Juventus who will be coached by Massimo Carrera this afternoon: Buffon; Barzagli, Lucio, Bonucci; Asamoah, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Lichtsteiner; Matri, Giovinco. Subs: Storari, De Ceglie, Padoin, Giaccherini, Quagliarella, Marrone, Vucinic.
  • What better way to get the new season in Italy started than a tussle between the reigning domestic champions? The Old Lady went the entire 2011-12 Serie A campaign before lifting the Scudetto, while the Partenopei emerged victorious in the Coppa Italia!
  • Hello and welcome to today's Supercoppa Italiana clash between Juventus and Napoli! I'm Livio Caferoglu and I'll be guiding you through all the action at the National Stadium in Beijing, LIVE!