That penalty call
Historically, the Derby d’Italia has never been shy of controversy and the last two iterations have failed to buck the trend.
In April, the penalty call against Juventus and the chaos that ensued overshadowed a gritty Inter win that re-ignited their campaign. On Wednesday, amid an enthralling final, it was the decision to award Inter a penalty with ten minutes remaining that marred the contest.
While it’s understandable how Paulo Valeri adjudged Lautaro to have been fouled in real-time, it’s baffling that the decision was upheld following VAR intervention. Were Juventus penalised for Lautaro hooking his foot around a stationary Bonucci’s calf, or was it De Ligt’s deft touch on the Argentine that was deemed enough?
Either way, it was a suspect call at best; one that likely cost Juventus the trophy.
And while cries of corruption, as was the case in the last derby, are pretty annoying, it should be easy to understand from a neutral’s perspective why Juventus supporters are a little peeved over Wednesday night’s officiating. Brozovic was incredibly fortunate to escape a quick-fire double yellow after booting the ball into orbit, while some will claim that Vlahovic should’ve had a penalty for being pushed in the back by De Vrij.
But, who will remember such injustice when we’re talking about Juventus’ next dynasty at the end of the decade [the writer types with a grimmace]!