Alexis Sanchez scored with virtually the last kick of the game to help Inter Milan win the Italian Super Cup with a 2-1 victory over bitter rivals Juventus after extra time on Wednesday.
Sanchez’s goal, helped by a mistake from the Juventus defense, sparked scenes of savage celebration in San Siro as nearly every member of the Inter bench rushed onto the pitch to hug Sanchez in the corner farthest.
Lautaro Martinez converted a first-half penalty to cancel US midfielder Weston McKennie’s opener for Juventus in an entertaining game for the first silverware of the season.
Defending champions Juventus have a record nine Italian Supercopa victories. But it was the first time since 2012 that they had qualified for the game as Cup winners rather than league champions after Inter ended their streak of nine successive Serie A titles. and former coach Antonio Conte last season.
Sanchez told Mediaset after starting the game on the bench: “The more a champion plays, the better he is, and he does things that no one else can.
“Today was like that. I thought I would start because I was in good shape, I respect the coach but I was hungry to win… I felt like a lion in a cage.”
Inter lead Serie A again, 11 points ahead of Juventus, who have had a difficult start to the season.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi extended his impressive Italian Super Cup record against Juventus, having won his previous two matches in the competition against the Bianconeri when he was in charge of Lazio in 2017 and 2019 .
Juventus were without a number of players due to injuries and suspensions, while goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was on the bench as he only recently received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine and therefore was unable to get in touch with teammates. until shortly before kick-off due to the new rules that entered into force in Italy on Monday.
Inter lost several chances to take the lead in the opening 10 minutes. The Nerazzurri also believed they should have received a penalty when Nicolo Barella was punched in the shoulder by Giorgio Chiellini but, after a quick check with the video assistant referee, play continued.
Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was such a spectator in the first quarter of an hour that he resorted to jumping jacks in the middle of his half to try to warm up on a cold night in San Siro.
But Inter had to pay for their lavishness when, after a series of crosses, Alvaro Morata returned the ball for McKennie to move to the other side of the net. However, Inter received a penalty shortly after.
Juventus defender Mattia De Sciglio tried to clear the ball but failed to realize thatdin Dzeko was running behind him and knocked Inter forward. Martinez blew up the penalty in the upper right corner.
Juventus almost restored their lead early in the second half but Federico Bernardeschi shot just off the right post.
Inter moved even closer on the hour mark as Denzel Dumfries’ header from a cross from Hakan Calhanoglu appeared to come in, but Mattia Perin managed to get him inside the goal. Perin also made a good save to keep Martnez’s lead at close range.
Inter almost immediately took the lead in overtime, but Sanchez took a narrow corner wide.
As the game headed for penalties, Juventus offered the winner to Inter. Bianconeri defender Alex Sandro attempted to give Chiellini the ball but gave Matteo Darmian a chance to throw it for Sanchez to shoot home.