Inter 3-0 Juventus (3-5 after penalty shootout): Nerazzurri heroics all in vain
Inter won 3-0 in normal time in the Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday night at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to make the tie 3-3 on aggregate before losing 5-3 on penalties.
The hosts took the lead in the first half through Marcelo Brozovic before Ivan Persic made it two in the second. Brozovic sent the match to extra time with a late penalty. Rodrigo Palacio was the only Inter player to miss in the shootout before Leonardo Bonucci netted the decisive spot-kick.
Inter took an early lead in the 17th minute as former Nerazzurri player Hernanes was dispossessed by Gary Medel who played in Brozovic who did well to stop, turn and place the ball into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the area.
Juve lost the ball again in the 23rd minute and Adem Ljajic cut in from the left before hitting the crossbar with a shot from a narrow angle which went out for a goal kick.
The home side continued to press as they sought to reduce the deficit to one but Ljajic and Brozovic were both unable to find the net just before the break after some good Nerazzurri pressure and the sides went into half-time with Inter 1-0 up.
Ivan Perisic made it 2-0 with a tap-in in the 48th minute after Eder did very well down the right flank before squaring the ball into the middle for a simple finish to make the tie interesting.
The Bianconeri looked shocked by the goal and struggled to get out of their half as Inter pushed hard although Simone Zaza had a chance to steal a goal on the counterattack in the 53rd minute only for Ljajic to fire narrowly wide just a minute later.
The hosts threatened from a free kick in the 72nd minute but Danilo D’Ambrosio narrowly missed the target.
Inter completed the remarkable comeback with 10 minutes to go as Perisic won a penalty which was converted by Brozovic even though Neto got a hand to it.
Perisic had a chance to win it in normal time in the 89th minute but Neto made an important save down at his left post and the Croatian was later booked for a scuffle with Juan Cuadrado just before the full-time whistle.
Perisic went close again in the fourth minute of extra time but Neto was there again to push his header over.
Zaza almost scored Juve’s first of the night but dragged his shot just wide after winning the ball from D’Ambrosio.
Paul Pogba had a sight of goal in the 106th minute but hooked his volley wide.
Alvaro Morata almost won it in the final minute of extra-time but Juan Pablo Carizzo made an excellent double save.
All of the players other than Rodrigo Palacio scored in the shootout as the Argentine forward struck the underside of the bar and it wasn’t initially clear if the ball crossed the line.
Eventually, Bonucci made no mistake to send Juve to the final.
Juventus will face AC Milan in the final of the Coppa Italia.