Inter Milan wins the Supercoppa Italiana as forward Alexis Sanchez scored in the final minute of extra time to give the Nerazzurri a 2-1 victory over Juventus in the final on Wednesday at San Siro, marking the Nerazzurri’s first triumph in the game in 11 years.
Due to Covid limitations, the home audience was reduced to half-capacity as the Chilean substitute capitalized on a defensive blunder to score in the 120th minute and determine the ‘Derby of Italy’ match between two rivals.
‘The more a champion plays, the better he gets, and he can accomplish things no one else can,’ Sanchez told Mediaset after coming off the bench to open the game.
In a tense first half, Weston McKennie put the Turin club ahead before Lautaro Martinez equalized from the penalty spot, but the game became more cagey after the interval.
Inter had the majority of possession and shots on goal, but penalties seemed certain as the clock ticked down until Sanchez scored to give Inter their sixth Super Cup victory and first since 2010.
The trophy, which is presented yearly to the winner of a one-off match between the reigning Serie A and Italian Cup champions, gave both coaches a chance to shine.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi was looking for his first trophy, while Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri was looking for the first trophy of his second term at the club, which is now sixth in Serie A, 11 points behind champions Inter.
Inter, fresh off an eight-game winning streak in the league, got off to a slow start as Stefan de Vrij and Martinez both missed chances from decent positions.
Juventus, on the other hand, settled quickly and scored in the 25th minute when McKennie headed in a free kick from six yards.
The advantage was short-lived, as Mattia De Sciglio tripped Edin Dzeko in the area, allowing Martinez to score a penalty kick.
After Denzel Dumfries’ header was palmed onto the post by Mattia Perin after the half, the Italian Super Cup headed to extra time for the first time since 2016.
As the two tired sides struggled to create chances, a penalty shootout appeared to be the most likely scenario.
Juventus granted Inter the win just as the game was heading to penalties. Alex Sandro of the Bianconeri attempted to chest the ball to Chiellini, but Matteo Darmian flicked it on for Sanchez to score.
Congratulations to Inter Milan!