Inter Milan win Italian Super Cup 3-1
Inter Milan have continued their dominance in Italy, while I questioned whether they could continue for much longer here, but they’ve continued without much trouble. Inter defeated Roma 3-1 at the San Siro to claim their 5th Italian Super Cup, putting them level with AC Milan. Here’s the match report below, and if you’re interested in reading about the Spanish Super Cup which Barcelona won, click here.
Roma was the better team in the first half, and they went ahead with Riise thanks to Lucio being positionally asleep. Roma were dangerous many more times, but Vucinic and Menez were imprecise in front of goal, and Julio Cesar showing why he’s the best keeper in the world. Inter equalized before halftime with Vucinic and Juan practically passing Pandev into the back of the net, a fluke goal which changed everything for Roma.
The second half was relatively one sided with Eto’o scoring twice to completely crush any of Roma’s hopes. Sneijder was brilliant as he gave sublime assists along with Eto’o who’s dribbling was fantastic as he played closer to the goal. Diego Milito on the other hand wasn’t fit enough and he missed a great chance in front of goal, and another player with a bad night was Lucio who gave Roma their goal and was positionally suspect during the game.
Adriano was subbed in, but he touched the ball once, only to give it away, showing that maybe he isn’t ready to play for Roma. And a peculiarity is that the referee Bergonzi was very one-sided with his decisions, a valid goal disallowed for Inter, and many free kicks around Roma’s penalty box (which Sneijder would’ve been very dangerous from), weren’t given. But in the end, Inter Milan had little trouble and they dominated the second half, with Benitez trying out to play a backline of 5 in the dying minutes… formation change perhaps? We’ll see when Inter play Atletico Madrid in the UEFA European Supercup August 27th.