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Thursday, January 23, 2020, 18:06
Juve knock out Roma 3-1 to reach Coppa Italia semis
By Xinhua
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 18:06 By Xinhua

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo tries to get around Parma's Jasmin Kurtic during an Italian Serie A Soccer match at the Allianz Stadium in Torino, Italy, Jan 19, 2020. (FABIO FERRARI / LAPRESSE VIA AP)

ROME - Juventus FC beat AS Roma 3-1 at the Allianz Stadium in the northern city of Turin on Wednesday, which was the second Coppa Italia (Italy Cup) quarter-final match after Napoli beat Lazio 1-0 on Tuesday.

Juve striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in Coppa Italia in the 26th minute of the first half

Juve striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in Coppa Italia in the 26th minute of the first half. Rodrigo Betancurt followed up with another goal in the 38th and Leonardo Bonucci's header added the third goal just before the end of the first half.

Roma midfielder Cengiz Under's ball went in after it deflected off Juve goalie Gianluigi Buffon in the second half.

"The first half was good, we were able to put up a good fight," Bonucci told RAI Channel 1 public television, which broadcast the match live. "We hurt Roma when they left us the field."

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Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini tries to keep control of the ball against Juventus' Rodrigo Bentancur, right, during their quarterfinal soccer match in the Coppa Italia competition in Torino, Italy, Jan 22, 2020. (LUCIANO ROSSI / LAPRESSE VIA AP)

The two teams have 22 Italy Cups between them: Juventus have won it 13 times against nine for the Giallorossi, according to the AS Roma website.

The two sides first faced one another in a Coppa Italia match in 1940 and tonight's game marked the 10th time that Juventus and Roma faced off in Turin in the championship, according to the Juve website.

The battle for the Coppa Italia continues as AC Milan face Torino on January 28, followed by Inter-Fiorentina on January 29. Both matches are to be disputed at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan.

The semifinals are slated for February and March, with the final to be played on May 13.

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