Supercoppa | Inter 2-1 Juventus aet: Alexis Sanchez last-gasp winner

by | Jan 12, 2022 22:36

Alexis Sanchez pounced on a defensive error in the final seconds of extra time, as Inter beat Juventus 2-1 to lift the Supercoppa Italiana at San Siro.

The Nerazzurri had practically a full squad to choose from, with Edin Dzeko back after recovering from COVID, the team coming off eight consecutive Serie A victories. However, Juve had Federico Chiesa out for the season after knee surgery, Matthijs de Ligt and Juan Cuadrado suspended, Wojciech Szczesny unavailable after getting his COVID vaccine late, Danilo and Aaron Ramsey injured, Leonardo Bonucci not fully fit.

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This is traditionally the clash between the Scudetto holders and Coppa Italia winners, which used to be played in August, but in recent years has shifted to December or January.

Dzeko’s header was just over the bar from Ivan Perisic’s cross in the opening minutes, then Stefan de Vrij nodded inches wide on a corner and Lautaro Martinez horribly mis-kicked after a Nicolò Barella assist.

Barella had penalty appeals waved away after 12 minutes, as the referee and VAR judged it to be shoulder-to-shoulder with Giorgio Chiellini.

It took a good 20 minutes for Juve to emerge from their shell, Milan Skriniar’s block on Weston McKennie as he met a Federico Bernardeschi roll across from four yards.

However, they did take the lead with the first real scoring opportunity. Alvaro Morata saw his cross deflected into the six-yard box, where McKennie was allowed a free header, getting round the back of Stefan de Vrij. The American celebrated with his Harry Potter wand gesture.

Inter got back on level terms when Mattia De Sciglio chased down a Perisic back-heel flick and didn’t seem to realise Dzeko was sprinting up across him, getting to the ball first and going down. The referee pointed to the spot and Lautaro Martinez fired into the top corner to equalise.

Adrien Rabiot risked an own goal with his defensive header, while Alessandro Bastoni appealed, but seemed to seek contact with Kulusevski and Rabiot made a decisive tackle on Perisic after a Dzeko back-heel.

After the restart, Bernardeschi scuffed wide from 14 yards when relatively undisturbed, then fired over the bar after skipping away from defenders.

Mattia Perin made a sensational save, fingertipping the Denzel Dumfries header onto the woodwork from point-blank range as Calhanoglu’s cross found him at the back post.

Lautaro Martinez couldn’t get enough power on the header from Perisic’s cross to beat Perin, but it was 1-1 after 94 minutes and went to extra time.

Alexis Sanchez turned a free header inches wide on the Calhanoglu corner, while Paulo Dybala blasted off target from distance and Marcelo Brozovic’s attempt was charged down in the box.

Incredibly, the Juve bench were urging their players to foul someone so that Leonardo Bonucci could come on in order to take a penalty. Instead, they were distracted, as Federico Dimarco’s cross was chested down by Alex Sandro too meekly, Chiellini was harassed by Matteo Darmian and Alexis Sanchez got to the tap-in before Rugani to win it right at the death.

Inter 2-1 Juventus (aet)

McKennie 25 (J), Lautaro Martinez pen 35 (I), Alexis Sanchez 120 (I)

21 Comments

  1. Ravanelli

    Not only was Alex Sandro our worst player, but he chested down the ball as a gift to Sanchez.

    Sick of seeing the likes of him being starters. Pellegrini is better than him, at least he runs like a footballer.

    Cuadrado was sorely missed. Juve need to do some budget shopping.

  2. Alle

    What a joy! So freaking wonderful!
    In a last second is a pure joy and so well deserved.

  3. Isaac

    Inter is my favorite team after atlanta.they play better than juv,and they deserved the win.

  4. Lynchy

    @Alle spoken like a true small man

  5. Yepe

    Inter just deserved to win..

    Forza Inter

  6. INTERRAGE

    Lynchy

    The small man here is you for resorting to insult another man for expressing his joy on his team’s well deserved victory

    Go scrawl back to your hole

  7. JUVE PAID 40 MILLION FOR BERNArdeschi

    Its better to win like this,

  8. frankie

    Given where the teams are on the table and Juventus fielding a B team, Shinter could only manage the win at the very death, not through any good play, but once again due to a pitiful error by Alex Sandro. Shinter have not won this trophy for 12 years but I doubt it will take Juve 12 years to win the next one. Well played Juve given we were up against it with a very long injury list.
    So what’s that now, Juve have won 67 official competitions, more than any other Italian club: 56 domestic trophies (which is also a record) and 11 official international competitions. Shinter have only won a total of 41, 32 domestic and 9 official international competitions. Well, clearly we can see which is by far the more successful club. Shinter need to eat more pasta or maybe keep bringing in ex-Juve people to teach them how to play.

  9. Solointer

    If anyone watched the match it was clear how the small team defended with everything they got as expected. But they at least have an excuse of saying they had injuries and went to extra time so that’s a good performance. If anyone thinks Juve would’ve won the match if they had their best players is clearly delusional but the reality is maybe they would’ve attacked and the match would’ve ended in the first half instead because without them they defended PROUDLY like a lower division team. There’s one thing Inzaghi wouldn’t do is play so defensively just because the other opponent has more quality and that will be clear in the match against Liverpool or any other big opponent in the CL.

  10. Vieri

    @frankie what a pathetic mentality. Is that how you’re going to respond everytime Juve lose another title? if you’re satisfied with so much delusion and psudeo bragging of past grandeur instead of calling out your board and sad excuse of a team then don’t be surprised if Juve don’t win another title for the next decade. Your board was stupid enough to let go of Marotta and the only thing you can do is brag about him being ex Juve. No wonder Agnelli can relax and not do any significant investment or changes despite the squad being the state that they are now. Fans like you will happily make excuses for them while trying their best to demean the rivals who are doing something right and then they’re baffled why they’re no longer a top team. You’re in the state of football idiocracy and you’re happy with it smh..

  11. Brandon

    Won’t be losing a single second sleep over this one.

    Still bummed about Chiesa.

  12. Rosario

    This game only went into extra time because of diving. Honestly the way Dzeko has collapsed to the ground is nothing short of a travesty. His food is planted in front of de sciglio, collapses like he has been shot, and then stumbles into de sciglio. Jokers. Arguably worse than Barella’s dive.

  13. Alle

    Pure joy win against the thieves from Turin but there is even more joy to read comments some of their delusional fans after a defeat. Loosers! By the way I hear that Bonucci is still at Meaza waiting to take a penalty…hahahaha.

  14. Samy Ibrahim

    Alle, u are the delusional. U celebrate a fake penalty, otherwise u would have lost THE PLASTIC CUo. Now u can celebrate the plastric cup for thze next ten years like the championjs league. By the way, inter still waiting for a fake pnealty?

  15. Samy Ibahim

    Inter Fans, Celebrating a plastic tilte they won cuz of a fake penalty and an home advantage nobody understands. But yeah, Juve are the criminals. Joke of a club and fans.

  16. Samy Ibrahim

    Inter Fans, Celebrating a plastic tilte they won cuz of a fake penalty and an home advantage nobody understands. But yeah, Juve are the criminals. Joke of a club and fans.

  17. Urban Sombrero

    I guess this is when the penny has finally dropped for many Juventus fans. Penalties, injuries etc. That is what happens when players are insecure in the teams ability – just look at Inter in the banter years – half the squad constantly injured. I remember Phil neal saying about the liverpool side of the 70s that you would try to play with a broken leg because the side were successful – if you said you were injured, you would be replaced and might not get another chance for a long time.

  18. asian fans

    @Samy Ibrahim yeah, that plastic cup is large enough for storing your tears, cry baby cry

  19. KEleb

    @rosario…. Lemme remind you of Cuadrado’s penalty a t last season.

  20. Alle

    @Samy Ibrahim What a sore loser…..just patetic. Crawl back in to yor hole.

  21. nn4

    I love how people are complaining about the pen we were awarded, while ignoring that we had 2 other calls not called that were even clearer XD They tried to help you guys and you were still trash

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