Juventus will take a three-goal lead into the second-leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final against Internazionale following a 3-0 first-leg win on Wednesday.
- Juventus 3 Inter 0
- Cuadrado an attacking force
- Morata bags a brace
- Murillo sent off
- Dybala scores again.
Juan Cuadrado was the key man for Juventus and was involved in the lion’s share of their offensive play.
It was the winger who would win the penalty for Alvaro Morata’s opener and the Spaniard netted again after the break to give Juve a two-goal advantage.
Paolo Dybala was on the scoresheet once again, netting late on and setting Juventus well on their way to booking a place in the final.
There was some early controversy as Juventus had a big shout for a penalty turned down after Gary Medel appeared to handle a Juan Cuadrado free-kick in the area.
The referee, though, didn’t even acknowledge the incident and awarded a corner kick instead.
Juventus, though, nearly took the lead in the 21st minute when Cuadrado charged through midfield and launched a driving effort inches wide of the post.
The hosts were awarded a penalty in the 34th minute, when Jeison Murillo brought Cuadrado tumbling down in the area.
Morata stepped up to the plate and smashed the spot kick into the top corner, giving Samir Handanovic no chance of making the save, despite guessing the correct side.
The Spain international bagged his brace in the 63rd minute, firing into the top corner after a Patrice Evra cross had deflected off Felipe Melo and fell kindly in the box.
Cuadrado was central to all of Juventus’ play and was once again involved when Murillo was sent off after receiving a booking for hacking the winger down in the 70th minute.
Dybala continued his good scoring run when he netted Juventus’ third goal in the 83rd minute, firing home with a lovely first-time finish from the edge of the area.
The Bianconeri now take a three-goal lead into the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals at the San Siro next week.