Italian Cup: thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus dominate Inter Milan and take an option for the final


Silent in the last two Championship matches, Cristiano Ronaldo woke up on Tuesday. The Portuguese signed a resounding double on Inter (2-1) in the semi-finals of the Italian Cup. The Milanese had started the game well, Alexis Sanchez took the depth by resisting Merih Demiral and served Nicolo Barella on the right side who centered low to the ground for a cross recovery of the right foot of Lautaro Martinez in the box. On the occasion of the 1100th game of his career, Gianluigi Buffon missed and saw the ball slip into his goal in the 9th minute of play. Ten minutes later, Ashley Young fouled Cuadrado, Gianpaolo Calvarese, the referee of the meeting, then awarded a penalty after checking the action on the video. Cristiano Ronaldo took the opportunity to bring Juve back to the score.

Inter Milan, who conceded at least one goal in their last nine matches in the Italian Cup, had not finished with the Portuguese. In the 36th minute of play, the former Real Madrid took advantage of a disagreement between Handanovic and Bastoni to recover the ball at 25 meters, on the left side and then strike into the empty goal.

Demiral and Buffon save Juve

Turkish international Merih Demiral (22, 15 caps) then made an exceptional rescue not to see the Nerazzurri come back to score after an action from Alexis Sanchez. After his mistake on Martinez’s goal, Buffon caught up, Darmian, was served to the right of the box, he eliminated Bernardeschi and followed with a left-footed shot. But he found the 43-year-old goalkeeper’s gloves.

Juventus has therefore taken an option on Inter before the return match which will be played on February 9. The first leg of the second semi-final between Atalanta and Napoli will be played on Wednesday.


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