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1996: Dazzling Juve shine in Paris

Saturday 1 March 1997
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A dazzling Juventus FC proved too strong for Paris Saint-Germain FC in the UEFA Super Cup final, the Turin side hitting six goals at the Parc des Princes on their way to a 9-2 aggregate victory.

Imperious Juve
Juve had needed a penalty shoot-out to defeat AFC Ajax in a tight UEFA Champions League final the previous May, but the goals were soon flowing in Paris as the Bianconeri jumped to a 4-0 lead within 40 minutes. Sergio Porrini opened the scoring after five minutes and further goals from Michele Padovano (two) and Ciro Ferrara effectively ended the contest before the first half was over. Brazilian playmaker Raí gave the home crowd something to cheer when he converted a penalty eight minutes into the second half, but any hopes the French side had of getting back into the match ended with Laurent Fournier's 64th-minute dismissal. Late goals from Attilio Lombardo and Nicola Amoruso completed the 6-1 rout.

Del Piero double
PSG had become the first French side to lift the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup when they defeated SK Rapid Wien 1-0 in Brussels three months earlier, and their first-leg loss to Juve had not done justice to a side boasting the likes of Bernard Lama, Didier Domi, Paul Le Guen, Bruno N'Gotty and Patrice Loko. Again, however, in front of a crowd of 35,000 in Palermo, Juve imposed themselves. Alessandro del Piero was the greatest threat and he scored either side of another Raí penalty to stretch Juve's aggregate lead. Substitute Christian Vieri added a third in the final minute to round out a convincing 9-2 aggregate triumph.

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