Last night’s 3-0 reverse marked the first match in this season’s Coppa Italia in which the Bianconeri failed to keep a clean sheet. Indeed, Juventus’ impeccable defensive record leading into the semi-final second leg had seen them give away just two shots on target in total to Torino, Lazio and Inter in the previous three cup outings this term. Two turned to eight by the end of the tie, as Roberto Mancini’s men grasped the nettle from the off and successfully pegged Juventus back on aggregate over 90 minutes.
That the Nerazzurri were capable of staging such a spirited comeback had a precedent from the competition’s quarter-final against Verona in 1984/85. That year they managed to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg to eventually beat the Gialloblu 5-4 on aggregate after extra-time at the San Siro. Another statistic to have raised reason for caution last night was the fact that Inter had won 14 of their previous 16 domestic cup fixtures on home turf.
Turning attentions back to yesterday’s marathon tie in Milan, evidence of the hosts’ overall superiority is fully evident from the dropdown menus below: