22 June 2013
Thirty years ago to the day, Giovanni Trapattoni’s men registered a 3-0 victory in the Coppa Italia final second-leg to pull off a dramatic comeback against Verona.
Juventus coasted through the tournament’s first round by topping their group of six (featuring Milan, Catania, Pescara, Padova and Genoa) with an unbeaten record of three wins and two draws.
The Bianconeri then edged out Bari 2-1 on aggregate to secure a spot in the last eight where they breezed past Roma 5-0 over two legs.
However, Inter would present a different challenge come the semi-finals. Juve seemed firmly in control of the tie after establishing a two-goal advantage during the first leg in Turin but then Inter hit back in the closing stages to set up a tense affair at the San Siro. Trapattoni’s side managed to emerge from the return leg in Milan unscathed and a goalless stalemate was enough to ensure safe passage through to the final.
Juventus’ unbeaten record of four draws and seven wins in the competition was brought to a swift end at the Stadio Bentegodi when they conceded either side of half-time and were condemned to a 2-0 first-leg defeat against Verona in the final.
However, Paolo Rossi began the comeback trail by netting early on in the return fixture, then Michel Platini found a crucial equaliser with just nine minutes remaining of regulation time. Le Roi stepped up to the plate once again after a tense 29 minutes of extra-time by netting a magnificent winning goal on the 119 minute mark to seal a 7th Coppa Italia crown in the most dramatic of fashions.