HT: Juventus crushing Roma

Juventus have the 3-0 half-time lead over Roma in the Coppa Italia quarter-final thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, Rodrigo Bentancur and Leonardo Bonucci.

The winners of this fixture will go on to face either Milan or Torino in the two-legged semi-final.

Maurizio Sarri made six changes from the weekend’s Serie A win over Parma, including Douglas Costa and Daniele Rugani in a 4-3-3 formation, but Mattia De Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Samu Khedira and Merih Demiral were injured. Paulo Fonseca couldn’t afford many choices, as Edin Dzeko was suspended, with Javier Pastore, Federico Fazio, Nicolò Zaniolo, Diego Perotti, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mirco Antonucci and Davide Zappacosta injured.

Justin Kluivert couldn’t keep his shot down from close range on an Alessandro Florenzi assist, as the visitors had the better start, but didn’t finish their promising moves.

Instead, Juve scored on the counter. Gonzalo Higuain sent Ronaldo sprinting down the left and his left-foot finish was drilled into the far bottom corner from a tight angle. It was CR7’s 13th goal in the last 10 competitive games for Juventus.

Danilo drilled wide, but Rodrigo Bentancur doubled Juve’s lead. He started the run from midfield, combined with Douglas Costa, rode a tackle and was fortunate his scuffed finish bounced in off the inside of the far post.

Douglas Costa stung Pau Lopez’s gloves from the edge of the box after intercepting a loose ball, but Danilo limped off with a muscular problem, so Juan Cuadrado had to come on despite suffering from flu symptoms.

It was nearly 3-0, Gianluca Mancini making a decisive, brave block on Miralem Pjanic. However, on the resulting short corner, a cross was floated in for Leonardo Bonucci’s header and he sprung the offside trap for 3-0.

Juventus 3-0 Roma (Half-Time)

Ronaldo 26 (J), Bentancur 38 (J), Bonucci 45 (J)

Juventus: Buffon; Danilo (Cuadrado 41), Rugani, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Douglas Costa, Higuain, Ronaldo

Roma: Pau Lopez; Florenzi, Mancini, Smalling, Kolarov; Diawara, Cristante; Under, Pellegrini, Kluivert; Kalinic

Ref: Rocchi

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