Inter edged Italian rivals Juventus 9-8 on penalties after playing to a 1-1 draw in their International Champions Cup match at the Sun Life Stadium in Florida on Tuesday.
Second-half substitute goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo blocked Mauricio Isla’s penalty before converting an attempt of his own to lift Inter to victory in the tie for seventh place in the eight-club exhibition tournament.
Argentina’s Ricardo Alvarez in the 28th minute for Inter and Chile’s Arturo Vidal with a penalty in the 44th for Juventus accounted for the regular-time goals.
On target in the shootout for Inter were Andrea Ranocchia, Alvarez, Mauro Icardi, Ishak Belfodil, Patrick Olsen, Marco Andreolli, Alvaro Pereira, Jonathan and Carrizo.
For Juve, Claudio Marcchisio, Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo, Vidal, Angelo Ogbonna, Martin Caceres, Giorgio Chiellini and Paolo de Ceglie converted.
After the match ended 1-1, both Carrizo and counterpart Marco Storari made stops to begin the penalty shootout.
Juventus and Inter matched each other over the next eight rounds until Carrizo went to his right and thwarted Isla.
Carrizo turned around to take the shot for Inter, sending a blast high down the middle while Storari went right to give the Nerazzurri the win.
It was the second time in three US matches that Juventus have lost on penalties. They fell to Everton in a shootout after a 1-1 draw late last month.
In the 28th minute, Palacio found space and raced down the left side. He sent a low ball to the top of the area and Guarin fired a volley that Buffon blocked. The rebound came to Alvarez, who put a left-footed shot inside the right post.
Juventus equalized a minute before halftime after Mirko Vucinic won a dubious penalty, dropping easily when Juan Jesus spun toward him. Amid protests from Inter, referee Hilario Grajeda pointed to the spot and Vidal converted.
The second half saw few quality chances, with shots from a distance rarely testing either ’keeper.
In the fifth-place match at the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, which drew a crowd of 38,513, Michel Herrero scored in the 52nd minute to lift Spanish side Valencia to a 1-0 victory over English Premier League club Everton.
Both sides seemed to be affected by the heat and humidity, and perhaps by the fatigue of several games played in a short time.
Valencia were coming off a 4-0 victory over Inter in New York on Sunday, while Everton were playing their third match in seven days, including their 2-1 loss to Spanish giants Real Madrid on Saturday in Los Angeles.
The pre-season tournament final was to take place yesterday, with Real Madrid taking on Chelsea in a match that gave Blues’ manager Jose Mourinho a chance to make a point against his old club just three months after his acrimonious departure from the Spanish capital.