Inter saw Juventus win the Italian Cup

16 May 2022 | 08:15 | Football

Juve ends the season without a title

Inter Milan’s Edin Dzeko celebrates winning the Coppa Italia with the trophy. Photo: Reuters


Inter Milan’s Edin Dzeko celebrates winning the Coppa Italia with the trophy. Photo: Reuters

Inter Milan claimed their eighth Italian trophy on Wednesday after beating old foes Juventus 4-2 in a breakdown and controversy-filled extra-time win.

Ivan Perisic secured a thrilling victory with a brace in first extra time but the game was halted at the awarding of a seemingly light free-kick Hakan Calhanoglu took to put the game 90 minutes past.

Juve took a well-deserved lead thanks to lightning strikes from Alex Sandro and Dusan Vlahovic early in the second half and referee Paolo Valeri’s decision to award a penalty after Lautaro Martinez fell after a slight collision from the side. Leonardo Bonucci angered the Massimiliano Allegri team.

“I always thought we could do it, even if we were 2-1 down… We lost our head a little bit for 10 or 15 minutes but we fought back and I thought we definitely deserved to win,” Perisic told Mediaset.

For Inter, it was another success against Juve after another controversial win in Turin last month and beat them to the Italian Super Cup earlier in the season and one that will push them to defend their title. Series A brand.

Simone Inzaghi’s side are two points behind AC Milan and could hand the Scudetto to local rivals if they fail to beat relegation-threatened Cagliari on Sunday.

Juve meanwhile only had a Champions League spot to show for a sublime season, but they chose not to say anything about the penalty decision that denied them their title.

“Inter are fighting for the championship and we are behind them. We need to close that gap by working hard and finding ways to organize the squad,” Allegri said.

Nicolo Barella put Inter ahead in the sixth minute with a long shot that could soon be forgotten amid the impending controversy.

His strike came after a tense start from Inter that threatened to blow Juve away, the Italian midfielder after a corner was cleared, crossed and unleashed a save that Mattia Perin didn’t even bother to interrupt.

Punishment drama
From then on, however, Juve were the better team and they should have come through at least at half-time, if they didn’t want to take the lead.

Paulo Dybala was the first to give a sign of life in the 23rd minute when his low shot was comfortably saved.

Moments later, the Argentine gave Vlahovic a powerful, angular blow that needed a smart response from Samir Handanovic to be eliminated.

Matthijs de Ligt had a header saved after half an hour of play and it seemed the world was expecting Dybala to get a worthy equalizer when the corner then fell softly to him. , but he cut his first shot wide.

Juve turned the game around soon, though, with Sandro leveling five minutes after half-time when his shot missed Handanovic as Alvaro Morata tried to clear the ball.

The Juve fans jumped and their back yard exploded with joy seconds later, Vlahovic ending four dry games in front of goal after being blocked by Dybala.

The Serbian forward sent Danilo D’Ambrosio packed and although his first attempt was thwarted, the 22-year-old made no mistake on his recovery.

Juve seemed to have control of the game until referee Valeri gave Inter an undeserved lifesaver.

Calhanoglu tore home the net from the start and an already explosive Juve team then lost control as De Ligt was ruled after a VAR check to chop Stefan de Vrij.

Perisic stepped up to sabotage the penalty in the 99th minute and when Croat’s decisive second flew from three minutes later, there was chaos, as Allegri was sent off and players and officials contested. side argument.

However, Juve could not turn that anger into a fight and Inter were honored to set up a potential league and title double with the Serie A season in full swing.