Player ratings as Alexis Sanchez clinches Supercoppa victory at the death


A late strike from Alexis Sanchez saw Inter pip Juventus to the Supercoppa Italiana on Wednesday evening.

As reigning Serie A champions, Inter hosted the fixture and, as expected, started on the front foot. Despite the exhilarating energy of Juventus’ early pressing, Simone Inzaghi’s side managed to carve out several opportunities in the opening stages.

Lautaro Martinez was afforded far too much space in the penalty box before passing up two more-than-half chances within the first eight minutes, while Nicolo Barella was absolutely distraught over the referee’s decision not to award him a penalty following a coming together with Giorgio Chiellini in the area – looking back on it, he had a case.

I Nerazzurri were made to rue their early wastefulness when Massimiliano Allegri’s side broke the deadlock against the run of play after 25 minutes. Picking up a free ball on the right-hand side, Alvaro Morata’s cross took a significant deflection off Milan Skriniar before finding the head of an unmarked Weston McKennie, who gratefully put Juve ahead from close range.

Inter reacted well to the setback, however, and were finally awarded a spot kick when Edin Dzeko was criminally bundled over by a clumsy Mattia De Sciglio. Martinez stepped up and this time made no mistake by hammering home into the top corner to equalise 10 minutes after his side went behind.





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