Simone Inzaghi’s Inter Milan confirmed their current supremacy over Italian football by snatching the Supercopa against title-holding Juventus Turin at the last second of extra time (2-1 after) at San Siro on Wednesday.
As the penalty shootout loomed, Alexis Sanchez emerged to take advantage of a defensive error by Alex Sandro and offer the trophy to the Nerazzurri, just in front of the half of the stadium occupied by the tifosi of Inter.
With this deserved success at the end of a committed Italian derby, Inzaghi continues his flawless performance in this competition with three victories in three participations, all three times against the Bianconeri, whom he had already beaten with Lazio Rome in 2017. and 2019. He also won his first title on the nerazzurro bench.
Juventus, after having to cede to the Nerazzurri the scudetto in May, continues to lose its splendor on the national scene, even if it has long resisted Wednesday night.
Deprived of many starters at the kick-off between injured (Chiesa), suspended (De Ligt and Cuadrado) and ghosts spared on the bench (Bonucci, Dybala), the Turinese quickly knew that they would have to run a lot against the Nerazzurri in trust.
The Bianconeri were quickly put under pressure, on a header from Edin Dzeko (1st), a narrow strike from Lautaro Martinez (7th) then a breakthrough from Nicolo Barella who claimed a penalty for a limit intervention by Giorgio Chiellini (10th).
Massimiliano Allegri’s men barely managed to loosen the grip for a quarter of an hour in the first half, but it was enough for them to open the scoring on a Weston McKennie header after a good job from Dejan Kulusevski on the right then Alvaro Morata on the left (25th).
– Illusion –
Stung to the quick in their den, Inter then put their game in order and again pushed Juve back. And the Nerazzurri got a penalty, for a very light collision by De Sciglio on Dzeko. Martinez transformed into force (35th).
At the resumption, Federico Bernardeschi deluded for Juve with two dangerous strikes (47th, 50th) but it was again Inter who set off again.
Mattia Perin, holder in the Turin cage instead of Wojciech Szczesny, dismissed for health reasons, had to work on the heads of Denzel Dumfries (59th) and Martinez (69th) then a volley from Perisic (72nd), then throw himself ahead of Sanchez in overtime (116th).
Entries from Paolo Dybala and Moise Kean did not allow Juve to be more dangerous and Perin finally had to bow at the very end when he already had to start thinking about his penalty shootout.
San Siro was only half full, before the entry into force of a more restrictive ceiling (5,000 maximum) from January 15, but at the final whistle the tifosi nerazzurri took care of making it sound like if it was filled.
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