Juve gain shoot-out revenge
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The tense encounter was decided by the same means as the Champions League final between the Italian titans but the outcome was different with Ciro Ferrara scoring the decisive spot-kick in New York.
Milan were the largely dominant team in the contest but found Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in formidable form.
Buffon consistently thwarted the Milan attack as the Coppa Italia holders attempted to turn the screw in the second half.
The Italian international produced smart saves to deny Filippo Inzaghi and Rui Costa as Milan valiantly battled to break the deadlock.
Inzaghi then fortuitously hit the crossbar as a corner richoceted off his midriff while at the opposite end, a raking pass from Pavel Nedved was glanced wide by substitute Marco Di Vaio.
Nedved burst into the box and produced a fingertip save from Christian Abbiati while Buffon was on hand to deny Christian Brocchi.
The best chance of normal time fell to Inzaghi in the closing moments but he wastefully fired into the side-netting after an intelligent set-piece from Andrea Pirlo.
In the first half of extra-time, Juve almost snatched the Silver Goal when Gianluca Zambrotta's volley crashed off the underside of the bar, only to bounce on the goal-line and to safety.
As the match hit injury-time in the first period of extra-time, Milan appeared to have nicked the elusive Silver Goal in controversial fashion.
Pierluigi Collina awarded a penalty after Massimo Ambrosini tumbled in the box and Pirlo's impudent spot-kick sent the Milan fans into heaven.
But there was still time for Juventus to pull an equaliser out of the hat as Nicola Legrottaglie's header was pushed on to the post by Abbiati only to fall into the path of David Trezeguet to bundle home.
Inzaghi's infamous penchant for being offside cost Milan in the second half of extra-time when he converted Serginho's cross from a blatantly offside position and the goal was correctly chalked off.
In the shoot-out, Di Vaio, Trezeguet, Alessandro Birindelli, Mauro Camoranesi and Ferrara all scored for Juventus while Pirlo, Serginho and Alessandro Nesta scored for Milan with Brocchi's penalty crucially saved by Buffon.