Inter Milan completed a cup title on Wednesday, defeating Juventus 4-2 in extra time in the Italian Cup final.
After Hakan Calhanoglu converted a contentious late penalty, Ivan Perin scored twice in extra time.
After falling down to an early Nicol Barella score, Juventus turned the game around early in the second half with two goals in as many minutes from Alex Sandro and Duan Vlahovic.
Perin’s post-match interview ended on a sad note when he was questioned about his contract, which expires at the end of the season.
“I don’t know anything right now,” he said.
It was the first of what might be an incredible double for Inter, which is also competing with city rival AC Milan for first place in Serie A, albeit the reigning champion is two points behind the Rossoneri with two games left.
“I always feel like a leader, and when the squad is so powerful, it’s much easy,” Perin said. “We still have two matches to win and then we’ll see.” Do we feel we can pull it off? Always.”
Juventus also lost to Inter in the Italian Super Cup in January, making this the club’s first season without a title since 2011.
“I believe Inter demonstrated throughout the season that they are stronger in every one of the matches we played against them.” And something was missing. And I’m hoping that the frustration of losing three out of four games against Inter will fuel us for next season,” said Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini, who declared his departure at the conclusion of the season.
“I’m sorry to be leaving after a year without a trophy, but after ten years, I believe it’s OK.” But that will be the case for the foreseeable future.
It was vying for a record-extending 15th Italian Cup and had won five of the previous seven, including last year’s.
Inter, on the other hand, got off to a flying start at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, taking the lead with fewer than seven minutes on the clock. The Juventus defenders gave Barella too much time and space, and he cut in from the left before curling into the top far corner.
Midway through the first half, Juventus began to enter the game and nearly equalized, but first Samir Handanovi made an easy stop to deny Paulo Dybala and then did even better to palm away a terrific attempt from Vlahovi.
Handanovi, on the other hand, was partially to blame for Juve’s equalizer five minutes after the interval. Vlahovi’s shot was blocked, but it fell to Alex Sandro on the outskirts of the area, and his attempt slipped out of the Inter goalkeeper’s hands and into the back of the net.
Vlahovi jumped onto a through-ball into the box and feinted his way past Inter defender Danilo D’Ambrosio two minutes later, totally changing the game. His original attempt was blocked by Handanovi, but he snatched the rebound.
Inter intensified the pressure and leveled via a disputed penalty when Lautaro Martnez went down on what referee Paolo Valeri considered to be a foul by Leonardo Bonucci, despite the fact that Martnez looked to hook his leg between the Juventus defender.
After Hakan Calhanoglu hammered an unstoppable penalty into the roof of the goal, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri got into a confrontation with an Inter assistant on the sidelines.
Inter was handed another penalty early in extra time when Matthijs de Ligt barged into Stefan de Vrij, and Perin stepped up and fired a similarly powerful spot-kick into the top left corner with Calhanoglu replaced.
Three minutes later, Perin controlled a ball on the outskirts of the area and shot into the upper right corner to put Inter ahead.
Allegri was promptly sent.