Juventus gave Fiorentina the hiding on Wednesday as goals from Federico Bernardeschi and Danilo powered Bianconeri to the final of the Coppa Italia 2021/22 season.
Trailing by a 1-0 deficit going into the game, Fiorentina needed to score two to get past the Old Lady. Thus, the away side started intensely. In the fourth minute of the game, Lucas Torreira had a golden chance to restore parity in the tie, but his shot was blocked on the goalline by one of their own players in Arthur Cabral. That was one of the most significant moments of the match. Had Cabral been elsewhere, Fiorentina could’ve taken an early lead into the game.
Bernardeschi caught Bartlomiej Dragowski off guard as the Polish custodian had already left his line to clear the situation. As he missed the flight of the ball, the former Viola winger pounced on the scene, and an astute left-footed volley saw Juve register the first goal of the match.
Throughout the game, Fiorentina were able to draw a series of fantastic saves from Mattia Perin, the designated Juve goalkeeper on the night, but never managed to discover the mouth of the goal. Following a swift counter-attack, Danilo extended the lead and put the game to bed, with Juventus keeping their hope for silverware alive under the first season of a rejuvenated Massimiliano Allegri.
Here are the player ratings from the second leg of an exciting yet one-sided Coppa Italia semi-final tie.
Juventus: Perin (7.5), De Sciglio (5.5), De Ligt (6.5), Bonucci (6.5), Alex Sandro (5.5), Danilo (7), Bernardeschi (8), Rabiot (6), Zakaria (6.5), Vlahovic (6), Morata (6).
Substitutes: Dybala (6), Kean (6), Cuadrado (7), Chiellini (N/A)
Fiorentina: Dragowski (5), Venuti (5.5), Quarta (6), Igor (6), Biraghi (5.5), Duncan (6), Torreira (6.5), Saponara (6), Ikone (5.5), Cabral (4.5), Gonzalez (5).
Substitutes: Amrabat (6), Sottil (6), Callejon (6.5), Maleh (N/A), Piatek (N/A)