Dominated, shaken, but exemplary behind, Juve ended up cracking at 121e minute of play against Nerazzurri. Blame it on a pawn of Alexis Sánchez, which allows Inter to lift at the end of the night the sixth Italian Supercup in its history (2-1).
Inter 2-1 Juventus
Buts : Lautaro Martinez (35e SP) and Sánchez (120e+1) for Inter // McKennie (25e) for Juve
Massimiliano Allegri can always tell himself that the case almost worked. Almost. For 120 minutes, his Juventus heroically defended his piece of fat, facing a clearly superior Inter in the game. Then Alexis Sánchez arrived. At the 121e minute of play, the Chilean cheated Mattia Perin and allowed Inter to lift their first Supercoppa since 2010.
Smith and Weston
Always very proactive, Inter immediately hugs the Old Lady, swaddled like a mummy in her sarcophagus by the incessant black and blue pressing. The Bianconeri, suffocated, then multiply the losses of ball in the middle of the field. Inter took the opportunity to light several wicks via Lautaro Martinez and Barella, who might have been able to get a penalty, after a slight contact with Chiellini. Juve do much more rarely fire on the opposing goal, but have the good idea to be lethal every time they draw their gun: at the 25e minute, Morata deposits a model of center on the tuft of the kid Weston McKennie, zigzagging Handanovič up close. Hard for Inter, but not necessarily illogical, while the Piedmontese had for several minutes found a certain control of the swells. Not to discourage the Lombards, who quickly recover to invest the opponent’s surface. Enough to push De Sciglio to make a mistake, the Italian naively pushing Džeko within sixteen meters. Lautaro transforms the penalty that follows, and all these beautiful people find themselves back to back at the break.
Sánchez, l’assassin de la 121e
Juve start the second half as they attacked the first: by bending their backs and squeezing their snags, facing an Inter who are still technically and collectively above them. The Çalhanoğlu-Brozović-Barella trio is cooking up their usual cuisine in the midfield, when Bastoni’s zoning – once again brilliant this Wednesday – hurts the Bianconeri. All this is very nice, but the Piedmontese have agreed to morfler and are doing it quite well. Allegri’s compact 4-4-2 does its job, and Juventini even end up winning overtime.
And then ? And then Juve continues to cash, both fists raised like a tired old boxer, but never lying down. All this must reasonably end on penalties. Except that Alexis Sánchez is not a reasonable type. At the end of the extension, at the 121e minute, the Chilean takes advantage of an approximation of Alex Sandro to adjust Perin closely. Terrible for Juve, but well deserved for Inter, who lift their sixth Italian Supercup and continue to assert themselves as the new ogre of transalpine football.
Inter (3-5-2) :Handanovič – Škriniar, The Free, Bastoni – Dumfries (Darmian, 88e), Barella (Vidal, 88e), Brozović, Çalhanoğlu, Perišić (Di Marco, 100e) – Lautaro (Alexis Sánchez, 75e), Džeko (Correa, 75e). Coach: Simone Inzaghi.
Juventus (4-4-2) : Perin – De Sciglio, Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro – McKennie, Locatelli (Bentancur, 90e), Rabiot, Bernardeschi (Arthur, 79e) – Kulusevski (Dybala, 74e), Morata (Kean, 87e). Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.
By Adrien Candau