Juve ease past SPAL to set up Inter clash in Coppa Italia

 
Juve ease past SPAL to set up Inter clash in Coppa Italia

Rome, Jan 28 (IANS) Juventus have moved into the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Serie B side SPAL, with four different players on target.

The Bianconeri will go on to face Inter Milan, who knocked out city rivals AC Milan 2-1 on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

On Wednesday evening, the Old Lady rested talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and made sweeping changes to the starting line-up, as Gianluigi Buffon, who celebrates his 43rd birthday on Thursday, started in goal, while Matthijs de Ligt started for the first time since recovering from Covid-19.

Alvaro Morata put Juve ahead in the 16th minute with a penalty, and Gianluca Frabotta doubled the lead with a volley from Dejan Kulusevski's assist in the 33rd minute.

Juventus extended the lead with Kulusevski's daisy-cutter in the second-half, before Federico Chiesa sealed the win with a mazy run in stoppage time.

In the day's earlier fixture, Aleksei Miranchuk's winner helped 10-man Atalanta edge past Lazio in a 3-2 thriller. The Dea will now face either Napoli or Spezia in the semi-finals.

--IANS

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