Competitive, lively and arguably the better team throughout, Juventus’ Primavera will have good reason to feel hard done by as they look back on this evening’s Coppa Italia 2-1 second-leg defeat at the San Siro, a result that saw hosts Inter prevail by three goals to one on aggregate.
Taking the lead on the night through Grigoris Kastanos’ excellent first-half finish from Roman Macek’s through pass, a second domestic trophy of the season looked on the cards for Fabio Grosso’s boys whose hard pressing and direct running had put them in firm control of the tie at the break.
The visitors however would noticeably fade after the hour-mark, a drop in tempo that ceded the upper hand to the Nerazzurri who eventually found an equaliser through Rey Manaj’s fine individual strike and eventually a late winner on the night as Loris Zanto poked into an empty net in stoppage time.
Chasing down a one-goal advantage from the first leg it was the visitors that made the brighter start and it was clear right from the off that Fabio Grosso’s side were a team on a mission.
Lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, it was the visitors that posed the game’s greater attacking threat in the opening stages with the wide pairing of Francesco Cassata and Roman Macek and strikers Guido Vadala and Andrea Favilli causing problems from the word go with their flexible and dangerous movement off the ball.
And it would be up to the former to create the Bianconeri’s first clear sighting of goal, evading a handful of Inter challenges on the edge of the box and teeing up Grigoris Kastanos whose low shot was well blocked by goalkeeper Ionut Radu.