TIM Trophy: Inter 1-1 Juventus (6-7 after pens)


Amauri cancels out Thiago Motta opener. Santon spot kick saved by Buffon in resulting shoot-out

PESCARA - Thiago Motta finished off delightful counter-attack involving wingers Mancini and Quaresma to give Inter the lead midway through the first of tonight's three 45-minute TIM Trophy matches. The goal looked good for victory but Amauri equalised with a minute to go after a defensive error by substitute Nelson Rivas, following Julio Cesar's penalty save from Iaquinta.

In the resulting penalty shoot-out Nicola Legrottaglie sent Julio Cesar the wrong way to make it 7-6 to the Bianconeri after Davide Santon's spot kick was saved.

Pre-season triangulars give coaches the chance to experiment and José Mourinho left his four strikers Milito, Balotelli, Destro and Alibec on the bench, starting with Quaresma and Mancini up front and Stankovic in a supporting role.

Quaresma produced the first chance after four minutes of play after a winning a free kick on the left wing. The Portuguese's effort was several yards wide of the far post but he went closer a minute later, forcing Buffon into a save with a low shot. The Quaresma show continued into the seventh minute, his curling effort sailing over bar.

Poulsen sent wide a low header from Amauri's left-wing cross as the Bianconeri fans at the Stadio Adriatico had to wait until the tenth minute for their team's first chance. Inter counter-attacked and Mancini shot into the sidenetting after racing on to a through ball.

Vieira rifled wide a short pass from Quaresma after Stankovic picked out the winger with a quick ball wide to his right, and Quaresma had a further chance in the 18th minute but his 20-yard shot went over.

Inter's goal came eight minutes later when Mancini produced two delightful touches of the ball down the right to leave two opponents for dead before serving Quaresma with a crossfield pass. The Inter number seven played to Thiago Motta in the area and the Brazilian lifted over Buffon to finish off the move in perfect fashion.

Juve could have fallen further behind when Quaresma went through on goal after the offside flag stayed down, but his curling shot from 20 yards went over the angle between bar and post.

Mourinho introduced two pairs of fresh legs for the last ten minutes, replacing Cambiasso with Krhin and Mancini with Milito. But his team were soon deprived of their captain when Materazzi was dismissed for dissent after flooring Amauri in the box. Luckily for Inter, Julio Cesar guessed right and made a terrific parry from Iaquinta's resulting penalty.

Juventus levelled with a minute left when Amauri intercepted Rivas' suicidal back pass and rounded Julio Cesar before tucking home his low shot. The Brazilian almost snatched a late winner but the right hand of Julio Cesar kept out his angled shot.

Milito, Salihamidzic, Balotelli, Grygera, Chivu, Felipe Melo and Thiago Motta all scored their spot kicks before misses from Poulsen and Samuel. Amauri netted Juve's fifth and Iaquinta replied to Vieira before Santon had his shot saved, leaving Legrottaglie to fire in the winning penalty.

Inter 1-1 Juventus (6-7 after pens)

Scorers: Thiago Motta 26, Amauri 44.

Penalties sequence: Milito (goal) 1-0, Salihamidzic (goal) 1-1, Balotelli (goal) 2-1, Grygera (goal 2-2), Chivu (goal) 3-2, Felipe Melo (goal) 3-3, Thiago Motta (goal) 4-3, Poulsen (post) 4-3, Samuel (over) 4-3, Amauri (goal) 4-4, Vieira (goal) 5-4, Iaquinta (goal) 5-5, Santon (saved) 5-5, Legrottaglie (goal) 5-6.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 39 Santon, 25 Samuel, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso (15 Krhin 35), 8 Thiago Motta; 5 Stankovic (45 Balotelli 45); 7 Quaresma (24 Rivas 42), 30 Mancini (22 Milito 36).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 21 Orlandoni, 20 Obi, 46 Caldirola, 48 Crisetig, 47 Alibec, 49 Destro.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Juventus: 1 Buffon; 21 Grygera, 33 Legrottaglie, 5 Cannavaro, 19 Molinaro; 7 Salihamidzic, 4 Felipe Melo, 16 Poulsen; 30 Thiago; 8 Iaquinta, 11 Amauri.
Subs not used: 12 Chimenti, 13 Manninger, 2 Caceres, 3 Chiellini, 40 Yago, 41 Immobile, 42 De Paola, 23 Ariaudo, 29 De Ceglie, 43 Alcibiade, 44 Marrone, 45 G.Giovinco.
Coach: Ciro Ferrara.

Referee: Antonio Damato (Barletta).

Booked: Stankovic 27, Felipe Melo 27.

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