Inter snatch ‘Italian Super’ in Juventus’ dying breath

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Inter won the 34th Italian Super Cup title for the sixth time in history, beating rivals Juventus 2-1 in the dying moments of extra time yesterday Wednesday at the “Giuseppe Meazza” stadium in Milan.

Cup champion Juventus advanced by American Weston McKinney (25s), before equalizing championship champion Inter, by Argentinian Lautaro Martinis (35s from penalty), then Chilean substitute Alexis Sanchez gave him the winning goal in the last breath. (120 + 1s).

With 50% stadium capacity due to Corona virus protocol, Inter won the title in their first Super Cup since 2011.

Juventus still hold the record for number of titles in the competition with nine titles, while Inter Milan fought him for the tenth time, bringing their record to six titles after the fifth in 2010, a title difference behind their Milanese neighbor, the second best winner of the competition.

Inter Milan have appeared to be dominant given their recent remarkable results, as they lead the league with 49 points in 20 games, 11 points ahead of sixth-placed Juventus with 21 games, to confidently move forward towards retaining the title. “Serie A” and bringing the number of its titles to twenty.

And Inter had dethroned Juventus last season, before the Bianconeri partially compensated by winning the home cup at the expense of Atalanta 2-1 last May.

Juventus failed to defend their Super title, which they crowned last year at the expense of Napoli, knowing that they were contested for the tenth consecutive time and the seventeenth in their history.

And it was the twelfth time that the Supercopa match was held in Milan, since the League chose it instead of Saudi Arabia, which hosted it in the 2018 and 2019 editions, due to the virus ” Covid-19 “.

Also, due to the epidemic, the two clubs were seeking to postpone the date of the match amid the growing number of players infected with “Covid-19” in their ranks, but the association rejected their request and decided last Sunday to hold it on schedule tomorrow evening, Wednesday, with the stadium capacity reduced to 50%.

This is the second time that the two teams have met in the Supercopa, after the first in 2005 when Inter Milan won 1-0 after extra time thanks to a goal from Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron in the 106th. minute.

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi, who has lost only once in the league, continued to shine in the competition he won twice with Lazio in 2017 and 2019 against Juventus as well.

murderous target

Inter were the best early in the match, Argentina’s Lautaro Martins threatening Mattia Perin’s goal (6-8).

Contrary to the course of the game, Juventus opened the scoring after a cross from the left and good work from Sweden’s Dejan Koloshevsky and Spaniard Alvaro Morata, American Weston McKinney got up and planted him with a header from inside the box into the net of Slovenian goalkeeper Simar Handanovic (s 25).

Juventus have missed their international striker Federico Chiesa after suffering a serious cruciate ligament injury to his left knee that will require surgery.

But Inter reacted quickly, after receiving a penalty to drop the Bosnian striker Mattia De Sciglio in a not dangerous place, translated by the Argentinian striker Lautaro Martins, a missile against Perin (s 35).

In the second half, the ball of the Dutchman Denzel Damfris bounced off the post of Juventus (59 s), then Perrin blocked the strike of the veteran Croatian Ivan Perisic (72 s), ending the initial time in a 1-1 draw. .

As the game headed towards the penalty shootout, Matteo Darmian’s ball hit veteran substitute Sanchez, who shot it into the old lady’s goal, deciding the title (S 120 + 1).

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