Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Bianconeri’s sensational 6-1 European Super Cup victory over French giants Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.
Having reached the showpiece final courtesy of their Champions League triumph over Ajax in Rome, Marcello Lippi’s side breezed past the Cup Winners’ Cup victors with consummate ease on 15 January 1997.
With just four minutes on the clock, Sergio Porrini grabbed the visitors the lead with a firm left-footed strike that arrowed between goalkeeper Bernard Lama and his near post. This advantage was doubled 18 minutes later when Michele Padovano headed home to put the Bianconeri firmly in the driving seat.
Any doubts that lingered over the final outcome were truly laid to rest nine minutes shy of the interval, when Ciro Ferrara connected with Zinedine Zidane’s cross-cum-shot to send a bullet header flying into the top corner.
But Juventus were in no mood to let up and when Vincent Guerin’s attempted clearance was only prevented from crossing the line by Lama’s heroics, Padovano was on hand to pick up the pieces from close range on 40 minutes.
A Paris Saint-Germain penalty inside the opening exchanges of the restart, converted expertly by Brazilian playmaker Rai, could have sparked a revival from the hosts.
Yet the Bianconeri kept their foot on the accelerator and made it five through Atillio Lombardo’s coolly taken strike after gliding past his man in the area, before Nicola Amoruso rounded off a night to remember with goal number six in the dying embers.
The five-goal lead may have made the second leg seem a formality, but Juventus stuck to the script by running out 3-1 winners in Palermo through Alessandro Del Piero’s double and a solitary Christian Vieri strike.