HT: Juventus sweep SPAL aside

Alvaro Morata’s penalty and a Gianluca Frabotta rocket have given Juventus a 2-0 half-time lead against SPAL in the Coppa Italia quarter-final.

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The winners of this tie will face Inter in the two-legged semi-final next month. The game will be decided after 90 minutes, extra time or penalties.

Teenagers Radu Dragusin and debutant Nicolò Fagioli came in, with Dejan Kulusevski and Alvaro Morata forming a new partnership upfront. Matthijs de Ligt made his first start since contracting COVID and Gigi Buffon started the day before his 43rd birthday. SPAL were the only remaining Serie B side in the Coppa, having eliminated Crotone and Sassuolo.

Gianluca Frabotta’s angled drive flashed wide and Morata’s powerful strike tested Etrit Berisha at the near post, but the deadlock was broken when Francesco Vicari caught Adrien Rabiot, who had originally been booked for simulation. VAR shows although perhaps the Frenchman was looking for the contact, it was still a foul and Morata converted the spot-kick.

Kulusevski’s effort was smothered, while Morata and Aaron Ramsey scuffed their finishes in the same move.

The second goal was created by Kulusevski, who turned Luca Ranieri inside out, pulled back to the edge of the box for a Gianluca Frabotta rocket. It was his first senior goal for Juventus.

Sergio Floccari drilled wide following a Merih Demiral error, then Demiral showed good strength to hold off Demba Seck in the box.

Juventus 2-0 SPAL (Half-Time)

Morata pen 16 (J), Frabotta 33 (J)

Juventus: Buffon; Dragusin, De Ligt, Demiral, Frabotta; Bernardeschi, Fagioli, Rabiot, Ramsey; Kulusevski, Morata

SPAL: Berisha; Ranieri, Vicari, Okoli; Dickmann, Esposito, Missiroli, Sernicola; Brignola, Seck; Floccari

Ref: Pezzuto