Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 at the San Siro in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal on Tuesday.
Inter started off the better team and took the lead after Lautaro Martinez powered past Gianluigi Buffon — making his 1,100th career appearance — in the Juve goal following a Nicolo Barella assist.
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The Nerazzurri had comfortably won 2-0 when the two sides met recently in Serie A and this looked like going the same way until Juve started to come back into the game.
Juve had the chance to go level on 25 minutes when Inter’s Ashley Young pulled back Juan Cuadrado in the box and, following a look at the VAR monitor, Gianpaolo Calvarese awarded a penalty which Ronaldo smashed right down the middle.
And Juve made their dominance tell when Ronaldo capitalized on a mix-up between Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic and defender Alessandro Bastoni to roll into an empty net on 35 minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus beat Inter. Matteo Bazzi/EPA
Inter stepped it up in the second half with Alexis Sanchez and Christian Eriksen missing good chances, while Juve’s 43-year-old goalkeeper Buffon pulled off an impressive save to deny Matteo Darmian as Juve held on.
The two sides meet for the second leg at the Allianz Stadium on Feb. 9 with Juve bringing an away lead back to Turin.
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