HT: Ronaldo turns Inter around

Cristiano Ronaldo completed the turnaround to give Juventus a 2-1 half-time lead away to Inter in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg.

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These sides met in Serie A just 16 days ago, the Nerazzurri winning 2-0 at San Siro, but this was the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, with the decider in Turin on February 9. Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi were suspended, with the visitors missing Paulo Dybala and Aaron Ramsey.

Inter took the lead with a well-worked team move, as Nicolò Barella got down the right and squared the pass for Lautaro Martinez, who managed to get in front of Matthijs de Ligt to squirm the finish under Gigi Buffon. It was the perfect way for the striker to celebrate becoming a father with the birth of Nina just yesterday.

Juventus were awarded a penalty following a VAR on-field review for a slight Ashley Young tug on Juan Cuadrado’s arm, but the Federico Bernardeschi cross was already going a long way off target, as well as it being minimal contact. Cristiano Ronaldo converted by blasting into the roof of the net.

Inter then gifted the second goal to the Bianconeri with a double howler. Alessandro Bastoni and Samir Handanovic did not communicate, the goalkeeper came outside the box, but Cristiano Ronaldo pounced on the defender to steal the ball and place a snooker shot in off the inside of the far post of the empty net.

Arturo Vidal was booked, partly for the tackle on Ronaldo and partly shouting at the referee, so he will be suspended for the second leg.

Inter 1-2 Juventus (Half-Time)

Lautaro Martinez 9 (I), Ronaldo pen 26, 35 (J)

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Vidal, Young; Lautaro Martinez, Alexis Sanchez

Juventus: Buffon; Cuadrado, Demiral, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; McKennie, Bentancur, Rabiot, Bernardeschi, Ronaldo, Kulusevski

Ref: Calvarese

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