HT: Dybala and Higuain duet for Juve

Paulo Dybala created one for Gonzalo Higuain with an extraordinary passing routine, then converted a penalty as Juventus lead Udinese 2-0 in the Coppa Italia.

The winners go on to face either Roma or Parma in the Quarter-Final on January 22.

The Bianconeri made eight changes from their weekend victory over Cagliari, as Cristiano Ronaldo was suffering from a bout of sinusitis, Merih Demiral was ruled out for six to seven months by a knee injury, so Matthijs de Ligt and Daniele Rugani returned with Douglas Costa as a trequartista. Rodrigo Bentancur was available, as his ban only applies to Serie A.

Nicolas Opoku made a decisive sliding tackle on Gonzalo Higuain, who had been sent clear by Paulo Dybala, then Pipita’s acrobatic volley was off target.

The two Argentines completed a remarkable duet to open the scoring, exchanging three consecutive one-two passes to tear the defence apart, Pipita finishing it off one-on-one with Nicolas.

Federico Bernardeschi went looking for a penalty and got it, as Nicolas came out clumsily to gather an over-hit pass. Dybala added to his assist by converting his spot-kick into the near bottom corner.

It could’ve been 3-0, but a Bentancur scorcher from distance was fingertipped on to the upright by Nicolas.

Juventus 2-0 Udinese (Half-Time)

Higuain 16 (J), Dybala pen 26 (J)

Juventus: Buffon; Danilo, De Ligt, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Rabiot, Bernardeschi; Douglas Costa; Higuain, Dybala

Udinese: Nicolas; Opoku, De Maio, Nuytinck; Ter-Avest, Barak, Jajalo, Walace, Sema; Nestorovski, Teodorczyk

Ref: Aureliano

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