Morata fires Juve to cup win

Alvaro Morata came off the bench to win the Coppa Italia for Juventus, beating Milan 1-0 in extra time at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday.

  • Milan 0 Juventus 1
  • Match goes into extra time
  • Morata with late winner

Match Summary

There were no goals to speak of, and very few clear-cut chances, in a tightly-contested final that went all the way into extra time before Alvaro Morata finally broke the deadlock, meeting Juan Cuadrado's cross with a neat finish into the bottom corner.

Full Report

The match was cagey from the very beginning, with hard-fought midfield battles meaning that there were few opportunities at either end. The first scare arrived in the 23rd minute when Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura fizzed a low shot at Neto's goal that needed saving, and Juve's first chance arrived in the 31st minute when Patrice Evra got forward and had a shot that ricocheted around before hitting the side netting.

Juve had a strong end to the first half, and had another chance in the 35th minute when Stephan Lichtsteiner got forward on the overlap and sent in a low cross for Mario Mandzukic, but Gianluigi Donnarumma was there to punch it clear.

Milan looked good early in the second half, and Davide Calabria did well in the 53rd minute with a peach of a cross into the box, that took a few deflections before arriving at the back post where Carlos Bacca was unable to get the right touch.

Donnarumma was forced into a fine stop in the 69th minute by Paul Pogba after the Frenchman had bullied his way into the box from the left flank and poked an effort at goal that required the young goalkeeper to get down quickly and keep it out of the bottom corner.

The lack of goals at full time meant that the match headed into extra time, and the match seemed destined for penalties until Alvaro Morata, who came on as a substitute in the first period of extra time, fired home an excellent cross from Juan Cuadrado to win it for the Bianconeri.