Internazionale striker Alexis Sanchez scored in the final minute of extra time to clinch a 2-1 win against Juventus in the Italian Super Cup at San Siro on Wednesday, marking the Nerazzurri’s first victory in the competition for 11 years.
The home crowd, reduced to 50% capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions, exploded with joy when the Chilean substitute profited from a defensive mix-up to strike in the 120th minute and decide the ‘Derby of Italy‘ clash between two historic rivals.
“The more a champion plays, the better he is, and he does things nobody else can do,” Sanchez told Mediaset after starting the game on the bench.
“Today it was like that. I thought I would start because I was in form, I respect the coach but I was hungry to win… I felt like a caged lion.”
Inter dominated possession and attempts on goal, but penalties looked inevitable with the clock counting down until Sanchez struck to give Inter their sixth Super Cup triumph and their first since 2010.
The trophy, awarded annually to the winner of a one-off clash between the reigning Serie A and Italian Cup champions, presented a chance for both coaches to make their mark.
Simone Inzaghi was seeking his first silverware as Inter coach, while Massimiliano Allegri targeted the first trophy of a hitherto disappointing second spell at Juve, who are fifth in Serie A, 11 points behind leaders Inter.
Inter, coming off eight consecutive league victories, started on the front foot as Stefan de Vrij and Martinez failed to hit the target from good positions.
But Juventus soon settled and struck in the 25th minute when McKennie headed home from six yards.
A penalty shootout appeared to be the likeliest outcome as the two tiring sides struggled to create chances.