Juventus have easily beaten Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday evening at the Allianz Stadium. The Bianconeri have qualified for the quarter finals and get a confidence boost for Sunday’s game against AC Milan. Max Statman gives you a quick breakdown and the player ratings.
Danilo returned after an injury that sidelined him for 12 matches. He paired up with Rugani in the heart of the defence. Sampdoria gave Juve the ball and digged themselves in on their own half. Cuadrado put Sampdoria goalkeeper Falcone to work twice in a row. First, he tried to curl in a corner that Falcone stomped past. Shortly after, the Columbian cut inside and tried to score at the near post, but Falcone denied him again.
Morata was fouled on the edge of the box and Cuadrado stood up to take the free-kick. His shot went through Bereszyński’s legs and Juve took the lead after 25 minutes. That’s the first free-kick directly scored by Juve since Cristiano Ronaldo against Torino on the 4th of July 2020. They doubled their lead seconds later with an easy goal for Morata. He was left unmarked in box after a one two with Cuadrado. However, the referee cancelled the goal after a VAR intervention because of a foul by Rabiot.
Juve went hunting for the 2-0. Rugani got a touch on Cuadrado’s free-kick, but Falcone was able to keep it out. The goalkeeper saved Sampdoria again just before halftime. Arthur made a good run and gave it to Kulusevski, who pulled it back through the box to Morata, but Falcone denied the attempt with his feet.
Juventus doubled there lead just over 5 minutes into the second half. Daniele Rugani put his head to a great cross by Arthur. Sampdoria pulled one back not long after. Conti volleyed the ball towards goal and it went in via the far post. Sampdoria weren’t back in the match for long. Falcone tried to reach Magnani, but Locatelli was alert and interecepted. He gave it to Dybala, who smashed it in.
Another substitute by the name of Marley Aké earned Juve a penalty after he was fouled by Augello. Morata got his chance to finally score and made no mistake. He determined the final score in the 77th minute.
De Sciglio 6, Danilo 6, Rugani 7, Alex Sandro 6;
Cuadrado 7.5, Locatelli 7, Arthur 6.5, Rabiot 6;
Kulusevski 5.5, Morata 7
Substitutes: Dybala 6.5, Chiellini 6, Aké 6.5, Bentancur 6, Kaio Jorge (-)