Inter Milan gets 7th place in Champions Cup
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — After a parade of tiebreaking penalty kicks, Inter Milan goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo had enough.
Carrizo stopped a penalty shot to give his team the upper hand, and then blasted one of his own past Juventus goalie Marco Storari as Inter Milan prevailed in the seventh-place game of the Guinness International Champions Cup on Tuesday night.
Inter Milan won the tiebreaker, 9-8 on penalty kicks.
“I like how the team responded,” Carrizo said. “It was an important response. ... Facing an important rival like Juventus, the best in Italy, we had to play at our maximum, if not better.”
The Serie A teams finished 90 minutes of play tied at 1, with the goals coming in the first half. Ricky Alvarez struck first for Inter Milan, and Arturo Vidal scored on a penalty kick for Juventus just before intermission.
And it stayed that way until the end on a sultry night in South Florida, the championship-round site for the inaugural event that brought eight club teams — seven international ones going through their preseason training, and the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer — together for a series of exhibitions that culminates Wednesday night.
Carrizo and Storari each saved the first shot they saw in the tiebreaker. From there, the goals kept coming, players on both sides at times laughing at the game that wouldn’t end.
That is, until Carrizo made not one, but two plays. He punched away Mauricio Isla’s try to open the door in the 10th round of PKs, and then scored to finish the match.
It was the second time Juventus lost in penalty kicks during the tournament, which it officially finished with a loss and two draws. Inter Milan had been shut out in its first two games, losing to Chelsea and Valencia.
“After the two losses, obviously, we didn’t have good performances, our team played well,” Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri said. “Our forwards had plenty of scoring opportunities. I’m glad our team is following the way I see the game.”
With about 15 minutes left in the match, Carrizo had been fooled on a direct kick by Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo that nearly put his team up 2-1. Pirlo’s shot from about 25 yards out curled left and froze Carrizo, who replaced starter Samir Handanovic. Carrizo remained still and just watched the flight of Pirlo’s shot, which hit the inside of the left goalpost and bounced back into play.
Inter Milan opened the scoring in the 29th minute, after Juventus’ defenders seemed to just give up on a play.
Fredy Guarin fired a low shot from about 30 yards out that was blocked by Juventus goaltender Gianluigi Buffon. The rebound skipped to Alvarez, who tapped it home.
Alvarez nearly added another in the 41st minute, a stepover feint along the right side of the box shaking him clear of Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci. He tried a left-footed shot toward the near post, pushing it just wide and into the outside of the net.
And less than four minutes later, Juventus had its equalizer. Whether it was deserved or not was the subject of more than a little on-field discussion.
Mirko Vucinic backed into the box against Inter Milan’s Juan Jesus, then tumbled to the grass. Replays showed there wasn’t much in the way of contact, but Jesus received a yellow card and Vidal’s resulting penalty kick sailed into the right side of the net.