Heriberto Herrera led his Juventus side to a fifth Coppa Italia title in rather unusual fashion as the team netted just five goals in regular time throughout the entire competition. The triumph truly belonged to a stellar backline and efficient shotstopper Anzolin between the posts which saw the Bianconeri’s goal breached just once in over 600 minutes of action in the tournament.
Juve progressed through the early stages without too many difficulties, achieving wins over Alessandria (1-2) and Brescia (1-0) to seal a place in the last 16. Neither of the following two matches could be decided in regulation time and Herrera’s side were forced to grind out a 0-2 victory in extra-time against Lecco and then endure a nervy 3-4 win in a penalty shootout with Bologna.
9 June 1965 bore witness to a crucial ‘Derby della Mole’ encounter which saw Torino and Juventus do battle for a spot in the tournament’s August grand final. Anzolin & co. managed to keep yet another clean sheet intact which meant that Menichelli’s second-half strike was enough to secure the Bianconeri’s progression to the final act at the Stadio Olimpico.
Champions of Europe Inter started came into the final as firm favourites but it was Juve who grabbed the early lead through Menichelli with their first real attack of the match. Herrera’s tried and tested defensive trio of Bercellino, Castano and Salvadore lived up to their reputation and proved to be resolute once again and Anzolin pulled out a couple of top drawer saves to keep the Nerazzurri forwards at bay and secure another Coppa Italia crown.