Juventus into Coppa Italia quarters after win over Bologna
Juventus stormed into the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia after a 2-0 win over Bologna courtesy of goals from Federico Bernardeschi and Moise Kean in a match staged at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on Saturday 12th January.
Juventus fielded a relatively strong side for the cup clash against relegation-threatened Bologna and were off the blocks requiring only nine minutes to open the scoring when Federico Bernardeschi released a thunderbolt that found the back of the net from outside the 18-yard area to score his third goal for The Bianconeri this season.
Allegri's men missed a number of first-half chances and were clearly missing the services of Cristiano Ronaldo who started from the bench as he was being preserved for the Super Coppa clash against AC Milan that is slated for Wednesday 18th January. Bologna’s chances were few and far between as their best chances fell to Mattia Destro and Mattias Svanberg which both failed to hit the target.
Juventus had a mirror start to the second half and took only four minutes to double their lead when Douglas Costa darted into the box to fire a shot that was blocked by Mitchel Dijks but the ball fell straight onto the path of Moise Kean who dinked the ball past the on-rushing goalkeeper for his first goal in Juventus colors.
Ronaldo was introduced a minute after the hour mark for goal scorer Moise Kean but Juventus took their foot off the gas as they were comfortable in possession with Bologna also setting up for damage limitation as they held Allegri's men at bay for the 2-0 loss.