Napoli eliminates Juventus

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Disgraced Juventus was eliminated from the Italian Cup on penalties at Napoli Sunday, ousted in the third round after a 3-3 draw.

Napoli eliminates Juventus

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Disgraced Juventus was eliminated from the Italian Cup on penalties at Napoli Sunday, ousted in the third round after a 3-3 draw.The Neapolitan side prevailed 5-4 on penalties, scoring with four minutes remaining to force the shootout in a game where both sides finished with 10 men.Second-half substitute Alessandro Del Piero rallied Juventus with a 79th-minute equalizer to tie the game 2-2 and scored again in the 115th minute to put his side ahead.But Paolo Cannavaro, the younger brother of former Juventus defender Fabio, tied the match for Napoli.Big crowdA crowd of 60,000 filled the San Paolo stadium in Naples for the match featuring two of Italy's most famous clubs now both relegated to the second division.Juve was stripped of its two last Serie A titles and relegated to Serie B with a 17-point point penalty, the harshest penalty to come out of Italy's match-fixing scandal.Napoli, a two-time league champion whose history includes Diego Maradona, earned promotion to the Serie B this year.Juventus fielded a depleted lineup, having been forced to transfer players such as Patrick Vieira, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Fabio Cannavaro, Emerson, Gianluca Zambrotta and Lilian Thuram due to its demotion.Third round matchesIn other third-round matches, 10-man Sampdoria beat Bologna 3-2 on two goals by veteran forward Francesco Flachi and one by Cristian Zenoni. Second-division Messina stunned Lazio 4-3 on two extra-time goals by Arturo Di Napoli. Triestina downed Atalanta 3-2; defender Alessandro Lucarelli scored in extra time to give Reggina a 1-0 win at Crotone. Second-division Arezzo eliminated Udinese on penalties after a 1-1 draw; Brazil's Adailton scored two goals in Genoa's 3-1 extra-time win against Modena and Brescia beat Cagliari 1-0.The next round, a two-leg format that will introduce Serie A clubs Inter Milan, AC Milan and AS Roma, is scheduled for November 29 and December 5.Inter will play Messina, AC Milan will take on Brescia and AS Roma will face Triestina. (AP)



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