MILAN, Italy– Juventus
coach Maurizio Sarri complimented Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother as the
Portuguese star extended his scoring streak in a 3-1 win over Roma to advance
to the Italian Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

The Portuguese star picked up a Gonzalo Higuain cross after
26 minutes, finishing off from an angle in the Allianz Stadium.

It was the 34-year-old’s 12th goal in eight consecutive
games in which he has played in all competitions for the Turin giants but his
first in the Italian Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has also scored seven goals
in four matches played in 2020.

“I believe that the compliments should be made to his
mother,” said Sarri of Ronaldo who has now scored in 15 different club
competitions throughout his career.

“He is in super form physically. In terms of explosiveness
he is doing well, he takes great care of the details.

“It is difficult to improve on an individual level. We
are talking about one of the greatest of all time and I would like to help him
win a sixth Ballon d’Or.

Rodrigo Bentancur added a second goal after 38 minutes with
defender Leonardo Bonucci nodding in a third just before the break.

Cengiz Under pulled a goal back for Roma five minutes after
the break, rifling in from a distance with the ball hitting the crossbar and
bouncing in off goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the Juventus goal.

Buffon denied Alessandro Florenzi and Aleksandar Kolorav to
keep Juventus on course in the competition they have won 13 times but exited in
the quarter-finals last season to Atalanta. 

Brazilian Danilo limped off before the break to be replaced
by Juan Cuadrado, leaving Sarri with an injury worry ahead of this weekend’s
trip to Napoli.

Roma, fourth in the league, were struggling with injuries
while Edin Dzeko was sitting out a ban, but their form was worrying just four
days before their derby clash against city rivals Lazio.

“The difference in the first half was efficiency,”
said Roma coach Paulo Fonseca.

“The first chance they had, they scored. The same for
the second.

“We know that Edin Dzeko is a very important player for
us and his ban was damaging, but the forwards could have done much better this
evening.”

Juventus — who lost the Italian SuperCup last month to
Lazio — will play either AC Milan or Torino in the semi-finals.

Holders Lazio were eliminated in the quarter-finals on
Tuesday with a 1-0 loss to Napoli.

Italy international Lorenzo Insigne needed just 99 seconds
to score the goal that won a match in which both teams had a player sent off
and Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile missed a penalty in the first 25 minutes.

AC Milan travel to Torino next Tuesday with Inter Milan
hosting Fiorientina.

The final will be played on May 13 in Rome.

 

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