Cristiano Ronaldo’s first chance came in the 17th minute. The referee awarded a free-kick after the Old Lady star was fouled just outside the penalty area. Read more about Juventus here.
The Portuguese tried to take it on their own, but they ran into a wall and were halted by one of their opponents. After Zapata’s goal, the game became more dangerous, but Buffon was once again on top.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s players launched another attack 20 minutes before the end of the first half. Pessina and Remo Freuler traded passes before the latter struck a flat shot that went beyond the Juventus goal mirror. Shortly after, Ruslan Malinovski missed the goal.
Andrea Pirlo’s team took the lead less than a quarter of an hour before the break. Ronaldo battled ineffectively in the opponents’ penalty area, Weston McKennie intercepted the ball and passed it to Kulusevski, who defeated the powerless Pierluigi Gollini with a stunning, technical shot that reached the left post.
Juventus’ pleasure, on the other hand, did not last long. Soon after the penalty, the Bergamo players had a chance to equalize through Hans Hateboer, but Buffon saved them.
Malinowski’s strong and accurate shot, following Hatebour’s throw, gave the iconic goalkeeper no chance a few moments later, setting the score of the first half.
Juventus had three fantastic chances to retake the lead in the first fifteen minutes following the switch of sides. The first, after a Kulusevski drive, was perfectly intercepted by Gollini, then Ronaldo’s “header” landed in the gloves of the Atalanta goalkeeper, and eventually, Chiesa hit the post after a great play. CR7 had another opportunity in the 65th minute, but his shot was too light to be dangerous.
Old Lady performed a brilliant operation in the 73rd minute. Chiesa passed to Kulusevski, who returned the ball to Chiesa, who dashed into the penalty area and calmly defeated Gollini. Atalanta could no longer afford to make up the difference.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s players were more concerned with fouling their opponents than with scoring a second goal. For unsportsmanlike behavior off the field, Rafael Toloi received a red card. This is Juventus’ fourteenth victory in the Italian Cup. The last time the Turin team won the Coppa Italia was in 2018.
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