Cristiano Ronaldo double gives Juventus 2-1 victory over Inter Milan

Inter Milan 1-2 Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo double gives Old Lady first-leg advantage over Antonio Conte’s side, as Andrea Pirlo’s men go one step closer to first Coppa Italia triumph in three years

  • Inter Milan took the lead after just nine minutes through Lautaro Martinez
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the first half to make it 22 goals this season 
  • Juventus lost to Inter 2-0 in Serie A two weeks ago and trail them by five points

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to fire Juventus to a 2-1 comeback win over Inter Milan in a hard-fought Coppa Italia semi-final first leg clash at San Siro on Tuesday.

Lautaro Martinez gave the home side an early lead but the Portuguese replied with a penalty before pouncing on a defensive mix-up to put the Turin club in front before halftime.

Inter, without suspended top scorer Romelu Lukaku, pushed for an equaliser but couldn’t find a way past 43-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The Italian produced a superb save to deny Matteo Darmian on the 1,100th senior appearance of his career for club and country.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 22 goals from 23 games in all competitions this season

Ronaldo’s first goal came from the spot after Ashley Young fouled Juan Cuadrado in the box

Nine players were booked in a fiery encounter as Andrea Pirlo’s side earned revenge for their 2-0 Serie A defeat in this fixture, known as the ‘Derby of Italy’, last month.

Juventus, who finished as runners-up last year, host the second leg in Turin on Tuesday, February the 9th and the winner will face Napoli or Atalanta in the final.

Relief for Juventus Head Coach Andrea Pirlo after losing to the same side 2-0 in January

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