Juventus secured a Coppa Italia semi-final with Inter with a simple victory over Serie B side SPAL on Wednesday night, with Alvaro Morata, Gianluca Frabotta, Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa scoring the decisive goals.
Morata, leading the line in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence, opened the scoring after Adrien Rabiot was shot in the box, with the referee overturning his original decision to reserve the Frenchman for the dive.
La Vecchia Signora extended their lead when Frabotta struck from the edge of the work after the excellent work of the brilliant Kulusevski. The Swede scored the goal his exceptional performance justified at the end of the second half when he got his team’s third on Chiesa’s pass.
Cheisa finished with the fourth, taking the ball a bit wickedly from Juve teenager Marco Da Graca to waltz past SPAL goalkeeper Etrit Berisha and kick it.
The win sets up a two-legged semi-final with Inter, who reserved their places in the last four with a spectacular victory over rivals Milan city on Tuesday.
Let’s move on to some evaluations of Juve players.
Gianluigi Buffon (GK) – 6/10 – Rarely called to action. Could play another 20 years if all his games are like this.
Radu Dragusin (RB) – 6/10 – Another youngster has been given his opportunity by Andrea Pirlo this season and has been pretty solid when called up without being particularly eye-catching. His top knot is exactly that, spirit.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – 6/10 – Didn’t have much to do on his return to the starting XI. SPAL had little head start to disturb the great Dutchman.
Merih Demiral (CB) – 5/10 – A slight fall allowed Sergio Floccari to score, although the error came to nothing. Some reckless challenges and was kidnapped before he could get kicked out.
Gianluca Frabotta (LB) – 7/10 – Leathery in his very first senior goal from Kulusevski’s reduction, thanks to a slight deflection.
Federico Bernardeschi (RM) – 5/10 – Had a pretty awful game before he got injured and had to be substituted.
Nicolo Fagioli (CM) – 7/10 – The 19-year-old made his senior debut for Juve on Wednesday night. Showed some nice touches and moves in the middle areas.
Adrien Rabiot (CM) – 6/10 – Got the penalty sent by Morata. Needed a good performance, with the likes of Weston McKennie putting on blinders this season, and was pretty safe.
Aaron Ramsey (LM) – 5/10 – Stolen into the side net after Morata struggled horribly. I found myself in decent positions, but without making them pay.
Alvaro Morata (ST) – 7/10 – Stitched Etrit Berisha’s gloves before converting from place to opening.
Dejan Kulusevski (ST) – 9/10 – It looked like he wasted the opportunity before Juve’s second goal, but his ball through the goal was struck by Frabotta. It was his team’s most dynamic attacking threat, with his dribbling causing many problems for SPAL, and scored a brilliant performance with his team’s third.
Alessandro Di Pardo – 6/10 – Replaced Bernardeschi to make his senior debut. The 21-year-old has played well enough without offering much.
Federico Chiesa – 6/10 – SPAL’s Nenad Tomovic flew in to prepare Kulusevski for the third, but was later booked.
Alex Sandro – 5/10
Marco Da Graca – 6/10
Weston McKennie – 5/10
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