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Cristiano Ronaldo denied taking penalty in Coppa Italia final as Juventus lose to Napoli.


Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to inspire Juventus to victory against Napoli in the Copa Italia after his team suffered a penalty shootout loss at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to have the last laugh for Juventus in the Copa Italia final loss to Napoli - after being denied taking a spot-kick in the shootout.

The Old Lady suffered a penalties loss to Gennaro Gattuso’s men after both teams settled for a 0-0 scoreline in normal time at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Juventus were always playing catch-up in the shootout after Paulo Dybala saw his effort saved before team-mate Danilo blazed over.

And after Lorenzo Insigne, Matteo Politano and Nikola Maksimovic netted for Napoli, Arkadiusz Milik was left to score the winning penalty.

Ronaldo was likely to take Juve’s fifth but was denied doing so after his team had already missed twice, meaning he did not get to take one.

An unexpected triumph for the Partenopei was their sixth Coppa Italia and first since 2014, the same year they won the Supercoppa Italiana after defeating Juventus on spot-kicks.

For Ronaldo it was the first time in his illustrious career that he had los two successive finals, following Juve’s defeat to Lazio in the Supercoppa last December.

It had looked like it was meant to be for the Italian champions after Gianluigi Buffon's heroics kept his team in the contest at the death of normal time.

The 42-year-old goalkeeper produced a stunning double save from Maksimovic and then Elif Elmas in the dying stages to ensure a goalless draw after 90 minutes.

But that proved to be for nothing as the Turin side were denied a fifth Copa Italia triumph in six years.

Juventus will have little time to lick their wounds as the Serie A season resumes this weekend, with the Turin giants currently atop the standings by just one point ahead of second-placed Lazio.

They are looking for a ninth consecutive league title but could be pushed all the way by the Roman side, while Inter Milan are still in the hunt.

Ronaldo himself is looking for a second Serie A title in a row since joining Juve from Real Madrid.

It is the Champions League that the Portuguese and the Old Lady really covet though, with a last-16 second leg against Lyon to come where they will need to turn around a 1-0 deficit.

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