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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was shattered by his team’s dramatic late defeat to Inter in Wednesday’s Supercoppa Italiana, suggesting it was proof that the “devil” invented football.
Inter lifted the first piece of silverware of the Italian season thanks to a dramatic 2-1 victory, secured with the last kick of the match at the end of extra time.
Weston McKennie had previously given Juve the lead before a penalty kick from Lautaro Martinez brought it up.
The two teams would remain equal throughout the second half and for much of the additional 30 minutes.
That was far too lenient! A mistake by the home side’s central defense after 2 minutes allowed Matteo Darmian to score for Alexis Sanchez.
It was Juve’s 10th consecutive appearance in the Supercoppa, which pits the Serie A and Coppa Italia winners from the previous season against each other, but they were unable to claim the trophy.
While Inter’s celebrations showed what success meant to them, Allegri was philosophical, yet frustrated by the last gasp of Nerazzurri’s victory.
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“This was a real match tonight,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sport Italia. “It was a good test for us to see where we are.
“The boys played a really good match, unfortunately football seems to have been invented by the devil, and five seconds after the end we made a mistake.
“We played against the strongest team in Serie A, we had more chances and closed in. We could have avoided the two goals and done better in the beginning, in the first 10 minutes where they had taken over, but then the team played well technical.
“It’s a burning defeat – to lose five seconds from the end and watch the others celebrate hurt. I have nothing to blame,
“Now consciousness and anger must enter us to continue well in the league, Coppa Italia and the Champions League.
“We have to look on the bright side: the kids are physically better and growing. Tonight it did not go well, but now let’s think about Serie A.”