Inter lifts eighth Coppa Italia title after conquering Juve-Xinhua

Inter lifts eighth Coppa Italia title after conquering Juve

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2022-05-12 13:08:00

Players of Inter Milan celebrate with trophy after winning the Italian Cup final football match between Juventus and Inter Milan in Rome, Italy, on May 11, 2022. (Photo by Augusto Casasoli/Xinhua)

ROME, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Inter Milan won its eighth Coppa Italia title and the first since 2011 on Wednesday, after beating Juventus 4-2 in the final in extra time at the Stadio Olimpico.

Inter has a superior head-to-head performance over Juve this season, as it managed two wins and one draw in the Serie A and Supercoppa against its archrival. The Bianconeri needed a win to avoid finishing the season without a trophy, while the Nerazzurri is still fighting for a domestic treble.

Inter took the lead just seven minutes into the game when Nicolo Barella cut inside from the left to unleash a missile with both power and precision.

Juve turned the game around just two minutes after the break with Alex Sandro's equalizer and Dusan Vlahovic's follow-up.

Lautaro Martinez won a penalty for Inter in the 79th minute as Hakan Calhanoglu stepped up to convert it, dragging the game into extra time.

Inter ran riots after that as it restored the lead with Ivan Perisic's spot-kick before the Croatian smashed in a blockbuster to seal the win.

Conflicts were sparked later on the sideline between Juve's coach Massimiliano Allegri and Inter's coaching staff, which ended up with Allegri's red card.

"I have the honor of sharing this journey with the team, the staff and everyone who works behind the scenes on a daily basis," said Zhang Kangyang, president of Inter Milan.

"This trophy is another piece of Inter's history, but our season doesn't finish here. We must keep fighting to the very last minute," he added.

Juventus' Alvaro Morata (R) celebrates his goal during the Italian Cup final football match between Juventus and Inter Milan in Rome, Italy, on May 11, 2022. (Photo by Augusto Casasoli/Xinhua)

Juventus' Alvaro Morata celebrates his goal with his teammates during the Italian Cup final football match between Juventus and Inter Milan in Rome, Italy, on May 11, 2022. (Photo by Augusto Casasoli/Xinhua)

Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic scores the penalty kick during the Italian Cup final football match between Juventus and Inter Milan in Rome, Italy, on May 11, 2022. (Photo by Augusto Casasoli/Xinhua)

 

Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic (R) vies for the ball during the Italian Cup final football match between Juventus and Inter Milan in Rome, Italy, on May 11, 2022. (Photo by Augusto Casasoli/Xinhua)

Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez (below) vies with Juventus' Matthijs De Ligt during their Italian Cup final football match in Rome, Italy, on May 11, 2022. (Photo by Augusto Casasoli/Xinhua)

Inter Milan's head coach Simone Inzaghi celebrates with the trophy after the Italian Cup final football match between Juventus and Inter Milan in Rome, Italy, on May 11, 2022. (Photo by Augusto Casasoli/Xinhua)

Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar (L) vies with Juventus' Dusan Vlahovic during their Italian Cup final football match in Rome, Italy, on May 11, 2022. (Photo by Augusto Casasoli/Xinhua)