Inter Milan Advance to Italian Cup Final, Defeating Juventus 1-0

Federico Dimarco’s goal secures Inter Milan’s spot in the Italian Cup final, as they defeat Juventus 1-0 in a lackluster match at San Siro.

Federico Dimarco scored the solitary goal in an unremarkable match at San Siro, converting Nicolo Barella’s pass meant for Edin Dzeko and slipping it past Mattia Perin. The goal marked his fifth for Inter Milan this season and sustained the team’s impressive cup run.

Inter Milan, under Simone Inzaghi, have already claimed the Italian Super Cup and are set to defend their Italian Cup title in Rome on May 24, likely facing Fiorentina. They’re also gearing up for a high-stakes Champions League semi-final derby against AC Milan. Meanwhile, Fiorentina, leading 2-0 from their first leg, is set to play Cremonese on Thursday, nearly securing their spot in the final.

Inzaghi praised his team’s performance over both legs, and with 10 games left in the season, he’s hopeful for one more final. Inter could have advanced more easily if Lautaro Martinez connected with Denzel Dumfries’ cross in the 67th minute, and Perin’s impressive save denied Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s powerful shot in the 73rd minute.

Juventus seemed uninspired in a match that is typically a heated and controversial encounter against their rivals, resulting in a quiet exit from the competition. Coach Massimiliano Allegri acknowledged the need to recharge and refocus after losing four of their last five Serie A games and being eliminated from the cup.

With the simplest path to European football next season now gone, Juventus must secure their position through Serie A or by winning the Europa League. Currently third in Serie A after having their 15-point penalty for illicit transfer activity revoked, Juventus awaits potential new sanctions from the Italian Football Federation that could impact their league standing.

Written by Muhammad Qasim