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Lethal Inzaghi announces himself on the big stage

Published: Wednesday 18 March 1998, 23.10CET
FC Dynamo Kyiv 1-4 Juventus (agg 2-5)
"I hardly forget any of my goals, especially the ones on special nights like this," said Filippo Inzaghi after his quarter-final hat-trick.

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Published: Wednesday 18 March 1998, 23.10CET

Lethal Inzaghi announces himself on the big stage

FC Dynamo Kyiv 1-4 Juventus (agg 2-5)
"I hardly forget any of my goals, especially the ones on special nights like this," said Filippo Inzaghi after his quarter-final hat-trick.

The 24-year-old Filippo Inzaghi arrived in the Ukrainian capital with question marks persisting over whether he could hack it with the big boys; his performance against FC Dynamo Kyiv vanquished those doubts for good.

Inzaghi was snapped up by Juventus after amassing 24 league goals for Atalanta BC in 1996/97, but there was an impression that his scoring feats were achieved with the pressure off. How would he perform with sights set higher, when scoring and winning were expected, not merely hoped for? Here he responded emphatically, leaving with ambitions realised, a UEFA Champions League semi-final in the offing and the match ball.

"You don't know Inzaghi that well yet," said Juve coach Marcello Lippi after the 4-1 victory. "Sometimes you don't notice him, he may look like he is not involved in the game, but all of a sudden he scores; he is lethal in front of the goal." Dynamo had received warning with the wiry striker's predatory goal in the 1-1 first-leg draw a fortnight earlier in Turin, but failed to heed it.

Inzaghi put the visitors in front on 29 minutes after a magical pass by Zinédine Zidane, intentionally slicing a long ball over the defence and into the forward's path. Talk of the relative crisis three successive draws had brought seemed far removed, but returned with Serhiy Rebrov's equaliser soon after the restart.

This was Inzaghi's night, however, as he scored two quick headers from corners midway through the half to complete his hat-trick. He celebrated in the manner that would become so familiar, sprinting towards the corner flag with arms stretched angelically and his face contorted into an ethereal scream.

"If you don't score for a few games at Juve you are immediately under scrutiny," Inzaghi said after Alessandro Del Piero had made it 4-1 two minutes from time. "I want to enjoy this great evening for a few days now and I will always remember the hug from my team-mates after the final whistle." It would not be his last.

Last updated: 24/06/14 16.52CET

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Lineups

dynamo kyiv

Dynamo Kyiv

juventus

Juventus

1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy
1
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi
3
BezhenarSerhiy Bezhenar
4
MonteroPaolo Montero
4
HolovkoOlexandr Holovko
8
ConteAntonio Conte (C)
6
DmytrulinYuriy Dmytrulin
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Goal29
Goal65
Goal73
Substitution79
8
KalitvintsevYuriy Kalitvintsev (C)
Substitution37
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Goal88
9
KosovskiyVitaliy Kosovskiy
13
IulianoMark Iuliano
10
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
14
DeschampsDidier Deschamps
11
RebrovSerhiy Rebrov
Goal54
15
BirindelliAlessandro Birindelli
Substitution7
14
GusinAndriy Gusin
21
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
15
KhatskevichAleksandr Khatskevich
Substitution63
22
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
27
GerasimenkoAlexey Gerasimenko
Yellow Card61
26
DavidsEdgar Davids

Substitutes

12
KernozenkoVyacheslav Kernozenko
12
RampullaMichelangelo Rampulla
7
KardashVasyl Kardash
Substitution37
5
PecchiaFabio Pecchia
19
MykhaylenkoDmytro Mykhaylenko
6
DimasDimas
Substitution7
21
LeonenkoVictor Leonenko
7
Di LivioAngelo Di Livio
23
RadchenkoOlexandr Radchenko
Substitution63
16
AmorusoNicola Amoruso
25
VolosyankoNikolay Volosyanko
20
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
Substitution79
26
FedorovSerhiy Fedorov
27
ZalayetaMarcelo Danubio Zalayeta

Coach

Valeriy Lobanovskiy (UKR) Marcello Lippi (ITA)

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