Cristiano Ronaldo was on the right track as Juventus breezed into the Coppa Italia semi-finals with a comprehensive 3-1 finish over Roma on Wednesday.
Portugal forward Ronaldo opened the rating at Allianz bowl together with his seventh goal in four matches for Juve in 2020.
Rodrigo Bentancur and Leonardo Bonucci then found the net to provide the Bianconeri a three-goal advantage at half-time.
Roma forces one back once Cengiz Under’s effort from the sting of the box hit the crossbar and rebounded into the net off veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, however, Juve comfortably advanced and will face Milan or Torino – who meet on January twenty-eight – within the last four.
Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri picked a powerful starting line-up for the quarter-final clash and once a low-key begin his side inflated the tempo to seize management.
The 13-time Coppa Italia winners took the lead within the twenty-sixth minute with a goal that owed abundant to Ronaldo’s ability to finish from a decent angle.
Ronaldo loses his marker on the left before cutting within and guiding a low shot across goal past Roma keeper Pau Lopez.
Juventus added a second on the counter-attack twelve minutes later once Bentancur, surrounded by six Roma players, squeezed an attempt into the bottom-left corner from twelve yards.
Roma’s defense was guilty for Juve’s third on the stroke of half-time as the unmarked Bonucci calmly headed in at the back post once being picked out by Douglas Costa’s cross.
Gonzalo Higuain hit the woodwork within the forty-eighth minute and Paulo Fonseca’s side reduced the deficit 2 minutes later.
Under’s shot from simply outside the box struck the face of the bar and went in off Buffon’s hand.
However, Juventus stood firm within the closing stages to pick up a fifth straight finish in all competitions.
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