Inter Milan claims first Coppa Italia title in 11 years

Inter Milan came from behind to beat Juventus 4:2 to clinch the first Coppa Italia since 2011 at the Stadio Olimpico. Hakan Calhanoglu’s 80th-minute penalty forced extra time and Ivan Perisic scored twice in three minutes as Inter lifted the cup for the eighth time. Nicolo Barella’s superb strike had put Inter ahead after six minutes.

Inter Milan Beat Juventus to Claim first Coppa Italia Title

Juventus scored twice in quick succession through Alex Sandro and Dusan Vlahovic to turn the game around early in the second half. The defeat ended record 14-time winners Juventus’ hopes of a trophy this season. It is the first time that this has happened since 2010-11. Serie A title-chasers Inter Milan, who are second and two points behind city rivals AC Milan with two games to go, had not reached the final of the competition since their previous triumph 11 years ago.

Inter Milan Claims First Coppa Italia Title In 11 Years
Inter Milan claims first Coppa Italia title in 11 years

Barella gave Inter the perfect start when he curled a sublime right-foot shot into the top corner after cutting inside from the left to score the fastest Coppa Italia final goal since 2015. Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic did well to produce a fine save to deny Vlahovic while Paulo Dybala shot wide as Juventus chased an equalizer before the break. But Massimiliano Allegri’s side was ahead within seven minutes of the restart thanks to goals from Sandro and Vlahovic, who followed up his own saved effort after a quick counter-attack.

Calhanoglu scored to force the game into extra time after Lautaro Martinez was brought down by Leonardo Bonucci, and Perisic then stepped up from the penalty spot to put Inter back in front after 99 minutes. The Croatian scored a stunning fourth just three minutes later, taking a touch before firing into the top corner from the edge of the box to put the contest out of Juventus’ reach.

Inter will now face Cagliari and Sampdoria in their final two league games as they pursue a domestic double.

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