Napoli beat Juventus in a dramatic penalty shootout in the Italian Super Cup showpiece event that, for the first time, took place in Doha, Qatar.

The Napoli goalkeeper Rafael was the hero in the shoot-out saving twice, after saving Simone Padoin's penalty in the decisive spot kick.

The last time the two teams met in the Suprcoppa was in the 2012, when Napoli lost to Juventus, and this time Napoli had revenge on their minds when they went into the penalty shoot-out.

Juventus, had won this trophy in 2013 by beating Lazio 4-2, which was their second consecutive Supercoppa win, and sixth overall, matching AC Milan's record.

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The Turin side are also top of the pile in Serie A, going into the winter break with three points above second-placed Roma. They were the only Italian side to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, and have a tie against Borussia Dortmund in February.

However, the night was going to belong to Napoli; it was part of their Champions League play-off against Athletic Bilbao in August that led to the Super Cup final being moved to mid-season this season, instead of its original slot at the start of the season.

Rafael Benitez's team showed a real gritty determination to break the strangle hold of Juventus in this game, when it looked as if the Serie A holders were going to edge it.

Carlos Tevez scored the opener, after he capitalised on a defensive mix-up, just five minutes of the match.

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Napoli fought back with intensity, hitting the woodwork twice through Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain; the Argentine striker did manage to score a header in the second half in 68th minute and equalise.

The former Manchester City striker and Argentine international, Carlos Tevez appeared to have won the match for Juventus in extra-time, with a low shot in the bottom left hand corner of the net in 106th minute, but his fellow countryman Higuain, added another for Napoli in the 117th minute. The match finished 2-2 after full-time and was to go to a dramatic penalty shoot-out finish.

After the standard amount of penalties it was 4-4, with sudden death ensuing, Juventus hero Carlos Tevez missed the first penalty. This led to a shaky run of four misses or saves in which Juve's veteran keeper Gianlugi Buffon also performed admirably, but he was ultimately unable to save Koulibaly's spot kick.

This was Napoli's sixth goal in the penalty shoot-out and Simone Padoin missed the decisive spot kick to hand Napoli the Italian Super Cup. #Football

Napoli had their keeper to thank for; after a string of excellent saves in the match, he was terrific in the shoot-out, with some stunning stops to deny Juventus and saved the final spot kick to be the hero.