Alexis Sanchez struck with the last kick of extra-time to hand the Supercoppa Italiana to Inter Milan as they edged out Juventus 2-1.
A dull and dreary contest started brightly as Weston McKennie opened the scoring for the Bianconeri against the run of play. Inter had made a super start to proceedings but they were taken aback by Juve’s opener. Nevertheless, they restored parity before half-time thanks to an emphatic Lautaro Martinez spot-kick.
Juve’s approach changed markedly after half-time as they began to sit deeper and deeper which allowed Inter to sustain attacks at will. The Nerazzurri were dominant in the second period, but Juve’s backline, led by the brilliant Giorgio Chiellini, refused to surrender the big chance.
Thus, the game went to extra time where a similar dynamic ensued. Juve were playing for penalties and as the game wore on, Inter seemed resigned to a shootout despite their superiority. But a calamitous moment in defence from Alex Sandro in the last minute of the added period allowed substitute Alexis Sanchez to pounce and the Chilean nipped in ahead of Chiellini before finishing beyond Mattia Perin from close range.
The strike handed Inter the Supercoppa with the defeat a gut-wrenching one for Juventus considering their defensive efforts.
Here are the Juventus player ratings from their last-gasp defeat on Wednesday night.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Mattia Perin (GK) – 7.5/10 – Perin stepped in for Wojciech Szczesny and gave a great account of himself. His hands were secure throughout and he made a great save to deny Denzel Dumfries in the second half.
Mattia De Sciglio (RB) – 6/10 – De Sciglio was a touch unlucky with his penalty giveaway but his challenge looked clumsy and he gave the referee a decision to make. The Italian struggled to cope with Inter’s rotations down the left throughout, but he was resilient and he embodied the spirit manifested by Juve’s brilliant skipper.
Daniele Rugani (CB) – 6.5/10 – Rugani started the contest by being beaten by Edin Dzeko in the air before being handed off by Ivan Perisic down the touchline. His performance was littered with nervy moments thereafter, but he held firm for the most part.
Giorgio Chiellini (CB) – 9/10 – Chiellini was absolutely loving it. These are the games in which he built his legacy and the veteran’s performance was vintage. The defender’s energy, resolve and grinta were infectious as he defended the box with typical virtuosity. This was a monsterclass, and he did it all with a big old grin on his face.
Alex Sandro (LB) – 1/10 – Indefensible.