There was yet more late cup drama to be found at the San Siro 19 years later as Juve and Inter took to the field in February 2004’s semi-final second-leg on level terms after a 2-2 draw at the Stadio delle Alpi eight days previously.
Falling behind early on, Marcello Lippi’s men quickly rallied to force an equaliser on the stroke of half-time as Igor Tudor tapped home from no more than a yard out – moments before being replaced by Alessandro Del Piero due to injury - to set up a barnstorming second period.
Bolstered further by the second-half introductions of Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet, the Bianconeri’s increased offensive ambition would eventually yield what looked to be the tie’s decisive goal, Del Piero heading home 12 minutes from time to all but seal his team’s place in the final.
The hosts, reduced to ten men after Ivan Cordoba’s dismissal however were not done there; pouncing first on Antonio Chimenti’s save from Emre Belozoglu, Daniele Adani poked into an empty net in the fifth minute of added time to ultimately send the game to penalties.
Successful spot-kicks from Del Piero, Nedved, Enzo Maresca, Nicola Legrottaglie and Fabrizio Miccoli would break Inter hearts and bring an end to a pulsating 210 minutes of football.