Inter Milan win their second consecutive Coppa Italia title after they beat Fiorentina 

A double from Lautaro Martinez helps Inter retain the Coppa Italia trophy

(Football news) Inter Milan scored two goals as new Champions League finalists made a comeback to beat Fiorentina 2-1 and retain the Coppa Italia title on Wednesday. World Cup winner Nicolas Gonzalez gave Fiorentina an early lead but then Martinez made sure that Inter didn’t go out without a fight as he drilled Inter level and then went on to score a volley in the before half-time for Simone Inzaghi’s side. Inter subsequently lifted their ninth Italian Cup triumph and moved level with Roma. Only Juventus have lifted the trophy more often, with 14 titles

Fiorentina were denied a first trophy since 2001, but the club still has a chance to end the season with a trophy having reached the final of the Europa Conference League, where they will face Premier league side West Ham in Prague on June 7. Whereas Inter will take on Premier League champions Manchester City in the Champions League final in Istanbul on 10th June. Fiorentina made history when they became the first club to reach the final of four different major European competitions. The team in Purple started the match on the front foot as Gonzalez scored from a Jonathan Ikone’s cross.

Sofyan Amrabat had a golden opportunity when he rolled his effort wide as Fiorentina looked very threatening a but the Argentine forward made no mistake when he was presented with a chance after Marcelo Brozovic slipped him through on 29 minutes as the World Cup winner hammered a low into the corner past Pietro Terracciano for his historic 100th goal for Inter. Martinez then turned the match upside down after he struck again eight minutes later, this time an inch perfect delivery from Nicolo Barella as he volleyed the ball in the goal with pinpoint accuracy.

Fiorentina, who beat Basel in the final seconds of extra time, pushed for a goal right until the end with former Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic going close twice.The Serbian striker was denied by a world class save from Samir Handanovic before heading wide with his second opportunity. Gonzalez almost forced extra time but his looping header was again saved by the brilliant Handanovic. Matteo Darmian in the dying moments made his side hold on to the lead as Inter hung on to retain the Coppa Italia..

“I’m so happy because we’ve been winning trophies with this great club the past two years,” Martinez, who also helped Inter win Serie A in 2021 and last year’s Italian Cup, “We have to keep going like that. We really wanted to lift another cup tonight. We started badly in the first 15 minutes but then we did what we should have done from the beginning.”

“We have to recharge our batteries for Prague. We have to go there together convinced that we can bring the trophy home and get our revenge,” said Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano.

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