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Juventus Secures Spot In Coppa Italia Final

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Juventus secures a place in the Coppa Italia final after holding visitors Inter Milan to a 0-0 draw in their semi-final second leg with a 2-1 success on aggregate, sealing a date with either Napoli or Atalanta.

With the away goals rule in place, Inter had to go all out in attack with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez in the starting lineup.

Lukaku and  Martinez had chances to get Inter back in the tie in the first half, but were denied by veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon, while Cristiano Ronaldo came closest to adding to the Old Lady’s aggregate advantage in the opening period.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo surrounded by Inter Milan players during Coppa Italia match at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy

After the break, Ronaldo turned on the style and was only denied another goal in the tie by two fine saves from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

During the match, tensions were high with players from both teams getting carded. Inter committed more players forward as the match wore on in search of breakthrough.

However, the pressure was soaked up by the home defence as the visitors finished the match without scoring for the seventh successive trip to Juventus in all competitions, as the Old Lady held on to secure a spot in the final of the Coppa Italia.

Juventus will face the winners of the second semi-final between Atalanta and Napoli, who meet on Wednesday with the tie 0-0 after the first leg, in the final on the 19th of May.

“I hoped to get to this stage of my debut campaign and be in the last 16 of the Champions League, have won the Super Cup and reached the final of the Coppa Italia, but we haven’t done anything yet so we have to keep working away and stay focused,” Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said.

“I’m lucky to have four excellent centre-backs and they’re all doing well. We played well today because Inter hardly had any shots on goal. We had the best chances and Handanovic was the best player on the pitch.”

“We defend in a 4-4-2 but mix it up when we’re building moves depending on the opponents,” he added.

 

Chidi Nwoke.

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