Juventus vs. Internazionale – Match Report – February 9, 2021

Juventus vs.  Internazionale - Match Report - February 9, 2021

(EFE) .- Juventus made a good 1-2 victory in the first leg on Tuesday and qualified for the final of the Italian Cup by drawing 0-0 against Inter Milan at the Allianz Stadium in Turin in the match of return.

Andrea Pirlo’s team, which has already won the Italian Super Cup, sealed the ticket for the twentieth cup final in its history and will fight on May 19 against Napoli or Atalanta, who meet this Wednesday, for their fourteenth Cup.

Neither the return of the Belgian Romelu Lukaku and the Moroccan Achraf Hakimi, absent in the first leg due to accumulation of cards, managed to break the defensive wall of Juventus, which with the game on Tuesday only received one goal in the last seven disputed.

And that Achraf put the Juventine defense in serious trouble, pushing the Brazilian Álex Sandro and Federico Bernardeschi to the limit, whose attempt to keep the Moroccan in a lower position did not work.

However, all Inter’s shots were repelled by the rival defense, in which the Turkish Merih Demiral was intractable alongside the Dutch Matthijs De Ligt.

The young center-back couple, aged 21 and 22, who together accumulate the age of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (43), replaced Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini in the best way, who jumped onto the field in the last minutes to shield the tie for zero.

Juventus defended themselves with commitment and had good opportunities on the counterattack, but Cristiano, who came on a roll after the double in the first leg and the goal against Roma last Saturday, lacked hit.

The Portuguese tried it dangerously twice in the first half, with both shots repelled first by the Dutch Stefan De Vrij and then by the Croatian Marcelo Brozovic, and had two great opportunities at the restart, with no luck.

He was the protagonist with a great personal move, dribbling against the Slovak Milan Skriniar and Nicoló Barella, but his shot was stopped by the Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, also perfect in another attempt by Cristiano from a favorable position.

At Inter, coach Antonio Conte, who could not count on Chileans Alexis Sánchez or Arturo Vidal, came out with Danish Christian Eriksen from the start and tried to boost the lead with Croatian Ivan Perisic in the second half, but his team could not unbalance the shock.

Napoli and Atalanta, rivals respectively of Granada and Real Madrid in the European cups, will play the other place in the final this Wednesday after the 0-0 first leg at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.

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