Inter Milan claimed their eighth Italian Cup on Wednesday after overcoming outdated foes Juventus 4-2 in an extra-time victory filled with incident and controversy. Ivan Perisic secured an exciting win with a double within the first half of additional time however the match held on the awarding of a soft-seeming penalty which Hakan Calhanoglu smashed in to take the match previous 90 minutes.
Juve had been deservedly main by way of quickfire targets from Alex sandro and Dusan Vlahovic early within the second half and referee Paolo Valeri’s determination to present the spot-kick after Lautaro Martinez fell following a slight contact from Leonardo Bonucci Enraged Massimiliano Allegri’s staff.
“I always thought we could do it, even when we were 2-1 down… We lost our heads a bit for 10 or 15 minutes but we fought back and I think that we definitely deserved to win,” Perisic mentioned to Mediaset .
For Inter it’s one other success over Juve after one other controversial win in Turin final month and beating them to the Italian Super Cup earlier within the season and is one which can enhance them of their Serie A title defence.
Simone Inzaghi’s aspect path AC Milan by two factors and will hand their native rivals the Scudetto if they do not beat relegation-threatened Cagliari on Sunday.
Juve in the meantime have solely Champions League qualification to indicate for an up-and-down season, however they selected to say nothing concerning the penalty determination which denied them a trophy.
“Inter are fighting for the league title and we’re behind them. We need to close that gap with hard work and looking to sort out the team,” mentioned Allegri.
Nicolo Barella gave Inter the lead within the sixth minute with a long-range effort which might quickly be forgotten amid the controversy to come back.
His thumping strike got here after a blistering begin from Inter which threatened to blow Juve away, the Italy midfielder accumulating after a nook was cleared, slicing in aspect and unleashing a curling effort which Mattia Perin did not even trouble attempting to cease.
– Penalty drama –
However from then on Juve have been the higher staff and may have gone in on the break not less than stage, if not forward. Paulo Dybala was the primary to supply indicators of life within the twenty third minute when his low shot was comfortably saved.
Moments later the Argentine fed Vlahovic whose highly effective, angled drive wanted good reactions from Samir Handanovic to be saved out.
Matthijs de Ligt had a header properly saved on he half-hour mark and it appeared for all of the world that Dybala would bag a deserved leveller when the next nook fell kindly to him, however he sliced his first-time strike huge.
Juve quickly turned the match on its head although, with Sandro leveling the scores 5 minutes after the break when his shot slipped by way of Handanovic’s fingers as Alvaro Morata tried to deflect the ball.
The Juve followers have been leaping and their finish of the bottom exploded with pleasure seconds later, Vlahovic ending a four-match dry spell in entrance of purpose after being despatched flying by way of on purpose by Dybala.
The Serbia ahead despatched Danilo D’Ambrosio packing and though his first effort was saved out, the 22-year-old made no mistake on the rebound.
Juve appeared to have the sport below management till referee Valeri handed Inter an ill-deserved lifeline.
Calhanoglu rifled house from the spot and an already fired-up Juve staff then misplaced management when De Ligt was dominated after a VAR examine to have chopped down Stefan de Vrij.
Perisic stepped as much as smashed within the penalty within the 99th minute and as soon as the Croat’s decisively flew in from distance three minutes later there was chaos, with Allegri despatched off and gamers and officers tussling on the sidelines.
However Juve could not flip that anger right into a fightback and Inter took the honors to arrange a possible league and cup double with the Serie A season heading to its climax.
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