Alexis Sanchez scored with practically the last kick of the match to help Inter Milan win the Italian Super Cup with a 2-1 victory over bitter rival Juventus after extra-time on Wednesday.
Sanchez’s goal, helped by an error from the Juventus defence, sparked scenes of wild celebration at the San Siro as almost every member of the Inter bench ran onto the field to embrace Sanchez in the far corner.
Lautaro Martinez had converted a penalty in the first half to cancel out American midfielder Weston McKennie’s opener for Juventus in an entertaining game for the first piece of silverware of the season.
Defending champions Juventus have a record nine victories in the Italian Super Cup. But this was the first time since 2012 they qualified for the game as Italian Cup winners rather than league champions after their run of nine successive Serie A titles was ended by Inter and former coach Antonio Conte last season.
Sanchez told Mediaset after starting the game on the bench: “The more a champion plays, the better he is, and he does things nobody else can do.
“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 lead Serie A again, 11 points ahead of Juventus, who have had a difficult start to the season.