Sport Juventus 3-0 Spezia: Morata the inspiration as Ronaldo makes history

00:45  03 march  2021
00:45  03 march  2021 Source:   goal.com

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Holders Juventus swept aside old rivals Inter Milan with some flowing attacking football and a brace from Alvaro Morata in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final. Paulo Dybala continued his fine run of form by coming off the bench to score the third and Juan Cuadrado gave possibly his best performance since joining Juventus created a flurry of early chances, Cuadrado firing narrowly wide of the post, and had a penalty appeal turned down when a Cuadrado free kick appeared to hit Gary Medel's hand. Juventus ' Alvaro Morata celebrates after scoring the first goal during Wednesday's cup clash in Turin.

Alvaro Morata scored within a minute of coming on as a substitute to help Juventus to a 3-0 win over Spezia at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday.

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata © Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images Juventus striker Alvaro Morata

The Spain striker struck just after the hour mark before Federico Chiesa's improvised finish and a late Cristiano Ronaldo strike secured an important three points for the Serie A champions.

Having been held to a draw by Hellas Verona last time out, this was an important match for Andrea Pirlo's men, although they looked far from their best in a frustrating first-half performance.

The introduction of Morata helped to turn the tide as Juve moved to within seven points of Inter and three of second-placed Milan, with Ronaldo's effort making the Portugal star the first player to score 20 goals in each of the past 12 seasons in Europe's top-five leagues.

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Riccardo Marchizza nearly caught Juve cold seven minutes in, turning and shooting just wide of the left post following Diego Farias' pass.

There was little Juve threat to speak of until Ronaldo, making his 600th career league appearance, smashed a strike off the base of the post three minutes before the break.

The home side's best work was coming down the left, Weston McKennie almost capitalising on a loose backpass and Dejan Kulusevski sending over a cross that Ronaldo could not meet with conviction.

Spezia did not heed the warning and substitutes Federico Bernardeschi and Morata combined from that same position, the latter finishing at the near post and the goal awarded after a VAR review.

With Morata keeping the Spezia defence busy, Kulusevski found Chiesa in the box and, after his initial shot was saved, he expertly hooked in the rebound for 2-0.

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Ronaldo was frustrated by goalkeeper Ivan Provedel from a free-kick but soon left the keeper with no chance, netting a crisp finish a minute from the end of normal time.

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Wojciech Szczesny did not have a save to make until the final kick of the match, when he pushed away Andrej Galabinov's tame penalty to deny the visitors a consolation.

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A run of just one win in five games in all competitions meant Juve came into this one short on confidence, something that was abundantly clear in their first-half display.

Their improvement after the break was sufficient to move them back to within seven points of league leaders Inter with 14 matches to play.

Spezia are 16th, with a seven-point cushion to the bottom three, although they have played a game more.

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Juventus moved 14 points clear at the top of Serie A with a routine victory over second-bottom Frosinone. Paulo Dybala found the top corner from Cristiano Ronaldo 's pass to put the hosts ahead at the Allianz Stadium. Leonardo Bonucci forced home following a goalmouth scramble, before Ronaldo scored his 21st goal of the season in all competitions. Federico Bernardeschi was thwarted by Frosinone goalkeeper Marco Sportiello in stoppage time. Second-placed Napoli face Torino at home on Sunday.

Won in 60 seconds

There was little life in the Juve attack until the arrival of Morata, whose clever movement allowed him to score the first – a minute after coming on – and create space for the second.

His impact was just the sort that Juventus will need when they try to overturn their Champions League deficit against Porto next week.

Caution won't serve Pirlo now

Pirlo's starting line-up gave them defensive balance but little by way of attacking flair, and it was only when Morata and Bernardeschi were introduced that Juve started to look a persistent threat.

Given they are playing catch-up in the Scudetto race and trail Porto in the Champions League last 16, a little more attacking abandon from the start of matches may serve them better.

What's next?

Juve host Lazio on Saturday, when Spezia are at home to Benevento.

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