Dominating then dominated before overthrowing the match once again, Inter went through all the emotions before lifting the eighth Italian Cup in their history, after an extension marked by two goals from Perišić (2-4 ). For the first time since 2011, Juventus will finish the season without any trophies.
Juventus 2-4 Inter
Goals: Alex Sandro (50and), Vlahovic (53and) for the Bianconeri // Barella (7and), Calhanoglu (80and SP), Perisic (99and MS, 102and) for the Nerazzurri
It is undoubtedly when the rivalry is the strongest that the matches are the most beautiful. On the other side of the Alps, in any case, an Italian derby almost never disappoints. After a Super Cup final that saw the same formations clash and Inter triumph last January, Juve had the fangs and the vital need to save their season. If the first period was relatively cordial, courtesies were put aside in the second to offer the Stadio Olimpico in Rome a show worthy of the occasion, with an extension as a bonus. At the end, an Italian Cup handed over to Inter, who can now dream of a hat-trick.
Gold in Barella
For this 245and One-on-one, Inter don’t care for a quarter of an hour of politeness, and after a few minutes passing the ball around, Barella decides to do what he wants with it. The Italian fires a missile from outside the area that goes straight into the skylight of Perin, and launches the Lombards terribly well in this final (0-1, 7and). But the Old Lady quickly overcomes her shyness, and regains her bearings in the camp. nerazzurro : Dybala sounds the revolt (23and), before Vlahović swung the leather from the left, forcing Handanović to tap (24and). However, the mayonnaise does not take, so Allegri changes the ingredients without even waiting for halftime. Exit Danilo, great sacrifice of the offensive bet of Mister, in favor of Morata, who sends Cuadrado back to the right side of the defense.
And the least we can say is that this change paid off. As if this second act was a mirror of the first, Juve unlocks its counter as soon as it resumes. Alex Sandro, placed in the same place as Barella, sends his revisited version of the Italian’s strike into the net (1-1, 50and). The Old Lady is getting a makeover and can throw herself headlong into the conquest of this title which she so badly needs. Very useful on the counter, Morata launches his friends Dybala and Vlahović in a mad race, concluded by the realism of the Serb who had not scored for four games (2-1, 53and). The sworn enemies surrender blow for blow, and Juve is even close to making the break by the head of an abnormally high Bonucci (77and). Then the trend reverses, again, when Lautaro collapses in the box. Bonucci’s stroller, again, is well worth a penalty. He is transformed by Çalhanoğlu who gives everyone the beautiful gift of an extension (2-2, 80and).
A foul on his compatriot De Vrij, De Ligt could have avoided it. Especially since it gave Inter a new penalty and allowed Perišić to restore the advantage (2-3, 99and). Then once again, the small corner of the lawn where Barella and Alex Sandro were was invested by the Croatian, who in turn signed a divine strike, saving for the Nerazzurri and devastating for Juventini (2-4, 102and). A small earthquake in Rome felt even in Piedmont, while Juve had not signed a white season since 2011, the year of Inter’s last victory in the Italian Cup final. Like what, between rivals, the destinies are linked.
Juventus (4-4-2) : Perin-Danilo (Morata, 41and), Chiellini (Arthur, 84and), De Ligt, Alex Sandro – Cuadrado, Zakaria (Locatelli, 67and), Rabiot, Bernardeschi (Bonucci, 67and) – Vlahović, Dybala (Kean, 99and). Coach : Massimiliano Allegri.
Inter (3-5-2) : Handanovic – De Vrij, D’Ambrosio (Dimarco, 63and), Škriniar-Darmian (Dumfries, 63and), Barella, Brozović, Çalhanoğlu (Vidal, 90and+1), Perišić – Džeko (Correa, 63and), Lautaro (Sánchez, 90and+1) Coach : Simone Inzaghi.
By Agathe Ferriere