Three days after the Spanish Super Cup, the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia hosted another match of the 35th Italian Super Cup. Inter went on a high, beating city rival Milan 3-0.
The first goal was scored by a defender in the 10th minute after a pass from Nicola Barella Federico Dimarcoincreased the lead in the 21st Edin Džeko. Alessandro Bastoni passed to him on the left side, and the attacker from Bosnia and Herzegovina shook off Sandro Tonali, who “swam” into space, and sent the ball past the goalkeeper Cipriano Tatarusanu with a low diagonal shot.
Lautaro Martinez scored the third goal for Simone Inzaghi’s side in the 77th minute after Milan Škriniar’s pass was more skillful than his keeper Fikay Tomori and he superbly rattled the net with his right foot with the outside of his foot.
The two Milan clubs have fought each other for this laurel only once so far, in 2011 in Beijing, Milan won 2:1.
Black and blue defending their laurels (they have six in total), last year they defeated Juventus 2:1 at their home stadium. Alexis Sanchez scored the decisive goal just before the end of extra time in the 121st minute.
Milan last lifted the Super Cup in December 2016 (seven times in total), when they also lost on penalties in Doha an old lady.
Juventus is the most successful club in this competition, having won the Super Cup nine times, most recently two years ago when they beat Napoli 2-0 in Reggio Emilia.
So far, this match has been played twice in Saudi Arabia, in 2018 (Juventus) and 2019 (Lazio).
Italian Super Cup
Today at 20:00: MILAN – INTER 0:3 (0:2) Dimarco 10th, Dzeko 21st, Martinez 77th.Handanović (Inter) is injured.
Milan: Tatarusanu, Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Theo Hernandez, Tonali, Bennacer, Junior Messias, Brahim Diaz, Rafael Leao, Giroud.
Inter: Onana, Škriniar, Acerbi, Bastoni, Darmian, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mhitarjan, Dimarco, Martinez, Džeko.
Judge: Fabio Maresca