Juventus Turin won the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against AC Florence 2-0 to book their ticket to the cup final against Inter Milan. Fiorentina’s efficient back line was a challenge for Juve.
Florence were under pressure after the 1-0 defeat in the first leg at home – and that’s how the Viola started. The visitors were biting and dominant in the opening minutes, Juve were not yet in the game. AC besieged the opponent’s penalty area, but without creating any noteworthy opportunities.
So it was the Old Lady who created the first offensive actions worth mentioning: Juve became dangerous mainly after counterattacks, Vlahovic failed several times from promising positions against Dragowski (13th, 29th). After the good start, the visitors’ control of the game collapsed and Florence became far too passive.
This was promptly punished: After a cross from Morata, Dragowski, who had been safe before, misjudged and dived under the ball. Biraghi was on hand at the second post, but the defender’s shot was straight at Bernardeschi’s chest. Bernardeschi did not need to be asked twice and finished dryly with the second contact in the left corner (32nd).
After that, the visitors regained their composure and became dangerous again and again until the half-time whistle. The best chance was missed by Cabral, whose finish was too central after a strong individual action (41). So it went into the dressing rooms with the 1:0.
Juve cool at the back
The lead naturally played into the record champions’ hands, especially after the break: Juve stonewalled and stood solidly at the back, Fiorentina gritted their teeth on their solid defence. The visitors were only dangerous from set pieces: Perin was able to scrape a header by Martinez off the line (51st), a direct free kick by Biraghi fizzed just inches past the right post (67th).
On the other side, the Old Lady was much closer to a second goal. A good finish by Zakaria from an acute angle first shook the aluminium (56th), a few minutes later the ball even floundered in the net: After a cross from Bernardeschi, Rabiot kept his cool in the one-on-one and pushed the ball into the goal, but the goal did not count due to an offside position (71).
Danilo puts the lid on it
In the final minutes, the Viola threw everything forward, but Juventus defended too coolly. Shortly before the end, Torino even went one better: After a beautiful individual action by Cuadrado, the Colombian put the ball in the back and Danilo only had to push it in for the 2:0 (90.+4). The Old Lady is now in the Coppa Italia cup final and will meet Inter Milan on 11 May.