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Italian Super Cup: Naples comforts itself with a final

Naples qualified for the final of the Italian Super Cup thanks to its clear victory over Fiorentina (3-0) on Thursday in Riyadh, offering itself a rare ray of sunshine in a season that had until then been very dark.

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Italian Super Cup: Naples comforts itself with a final

Naples qualified for the final of the Italian Super Cup thanks to its clear victory over Fiorentina (3-0) on Thursday in Riyadh, offering itself a rare ray of sunshine in a season that had until then been very dark.

The reigning Italian champion took the advantage thanks to Giovanni Simeone (22nd) and signed only his fifth victory, in twelve matches in all competitions since Walter Mazzarri took over as coach from Rudi Garcia, thanked mi -november.

Fiorentina had the opportunity to equalize just before the break, but Jonathan Ikoné took his penalty too far (44th) in front of the sparsely filled stands at Al-Awwal Park. At the end of a lackluster second half, Naples definitively knocked out Fiorentina thanks to a double in two minutes from Alessio Zerbin, who entered shortly before.

In the final on Monday, still in Riyadh, Naples will face the winner of the second semi-final between Inter Milan, double title holder and championship leader, and Lazio on Friday. Napoli, which topped Serie A last season, has lost all hope of retaining its title, since it is relegated to 8th place, twenty points behind Inter. He was eliminated from the Italian Cup as soon as he entered the competition, by the modest club of Frosinone (4-0), but will participate in the round of 16 of the Champions League where he will face FC Barcelona.

After 2018 and 2019, the Italian Super Cup is relocated for the third time to Saudi Arabia and is being contested this season in a new formula with four teams, the reigning Italian champion (Naples) and its runner-up (Lazio), the winner of the last Italian Cup (Inter Milan) and the finalist (Fiorentina).

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