Inter Milan emerged champions of the 2021/2022 Coppa Italia Final, after defeating serial giants Juventus 4-2 after extra time to claim the trophy for the eighth time at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
In what was the 259th edition of the Derby d’Italia fixture since 1909, the Nerazzurri raced into the lead through midfielder Nicolo Barella as Inter Milan took the lead at the interval.
The second half saw the Old Lady strike back within minutes. Two goals from Alex Sandro and Dusan Vlahovic helped Juventus come from behind to take the lead in just two minutes.
Inter manager Simone Inzaghi was shellshocked by what he saw from his side, and immediately turned to his bench, making a triple substitution to try and get a foothold back in the match. The changes proved effective as his side dominated whilst Juventus began to sit back, trying to hold onto the one-goal lead. The ‘Nerazzurri’ were handed a lifeline with 10 minutes to go as Lautaro Martínez was fouled in the box, and up stepped Çalhanoğlu, who emphatically smashed his penalty into the top corner. With neither side able to find a winner in 90 minutes, extra-time was needed to separate them.
For the second time in the contest, Inter were awarded a penalty. This time, Ivan Perišić stepped up to power his spot-kick in and give Inter the lead. An exquisite touch and volley in the 102nd minute from Perišić wrapped up the victory, ending Inter’s 11-year wait for success in the Coppa Italia. Massimiliano Allegri was then sent off to pile further misery on Juventus’ night, and the season as a whole.
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END OF EXTRA-TIME AT THE STADIO OLIMPICO: Juventus 2-4 Inter Milan
SECOND HALF OF EXTRA-TIME UNDERWAY AT THE STADIO OLIMPICO: Juventus 2-4 Inter Milan
END OF FIRST HALF IN EXTRA-TIME AT THE STADIO OLIMPICO: Juventus 2-4 Inter Milan
104′ MIN: Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is sent off! He receives a red card and the match ends for him. He attempts to argue, but the referee’s decision is final.
RED CARD!!! To Max Allegri
102′ MIN: Federico Dimarco passes to Ivan Perisic, who collects the ball and unleashes a terrific shot from the edge of the box. His effort goes into the top right corner. Fabulous goal!
GOOOAAALLL!!! Juventus 2-4 Inter Milan (I. Perisic)
99′ MIN: The Nerazzurri are back in front! Ivan Perisic directs his penalty into the top left corner and past Mattia Perin.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Juventus 2-3 Inter Milan (I. Perisic)
PENALTY!!! To Inter Milan
FIRST HALF OF EXTRA-TIME AT THE STADIO OLIMPICO: Juventus 2-2 Inter Milan
END OF REGULATION TIME AT THE STADIO OLIMPICO: Juventus 2-2 Inter Milan
80′ MIN: Hakan Calhanoglu brilliantly executes the penalty kick, sending the ball straight into the top right corner, bouncing in off the post. No chance for Mattia Perin to stop this shot.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Juventus 2-1 Inter Milan (H. Calhanoglu)
79′ MIN: Referee Paolo Valeri blows for a foul after Leonardo Bonucci was deemed too aggressive in the battle for the ball. Inter are awarded a penalty! What an opportunity to score. Hang on! It might not be a penalty for Inter as the ref now wants to review using VAR. This hopefully won’t take too long. Referee Paolo Valeri is happy with his original decision after the VAR review. It’s a PENALTY to Inter!
PENALTY!!! To Inter Milan
52′ MIN: What a turnaround by the Old Lady! Dusan Vlahovic taps the ball home from close range after the rebound fell kindly into his path.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Juventus 2-1 Inter Milan (D. Vlahovic)
50′ MIN: After a goalmouth scramble Alex Sandro wins the ball and unleashes a powerful and precise effort into the back of the net, beating the helpless goalkeeper.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Juventus 1-1 Inter Milan (A. Sandro)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE STADIO OLIMPICO: Juventus 0-1 Inter Milan
HALF-TIME AT THE STADIO OLIMPICO: Juventus 0-1 Inter Milan
7′ MIN: What a beauty from just outside the box! Nicolo Barella lashes the ball with incredible pace and power inside the right post.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Juventus 0-1 Inter Milan (N. Barella)
KICK-OFF AT THE STADIO OLIMPICO: Juventus 0-0 Inter Milan
Juve boss Max Allegri has listed the duo of Dusan Vlahovic and Paulo Dybala in attack for the Old Lady, as they seek to end the season with silverware.
Inter Milan’s squad set to take on the Old Lady at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Coach Simone Inzaghi has named Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko in the starting XI, following his cameo against Empoli while in-form Lautaro Martinez and Ivan Perisic are also in the line-up.