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Juventus 4-1 Sampdoria: Player ratings as Juve cruise into Coppa Italia quarter-finals

Jack Gallagher
Juventus battered Sampdoria
Juventus battered Sampdoria / Chris Ricco/GettyImages
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Goals from Juan Cuadrado, Daniele Rugani, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata saw Juventus cruise to a 4-1 win over Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday night.

The home side were rather comfortable throughout the 90 minutes, with their opponents Samp looking completely out of their depth at the Allianz Stadium.

As you'd expect, it was all Juventus from the first whistle to the last, as the home side dominated possession while Sampdoria could barely string two passes together. Juan Cuadrado caused the visitors particular problems with his movement in and around the penalty area - forcing Wladimiro Falcone into a smart save at his near post in the 15th minute.

Cuadrado got his just rewards for a great first-half performance ten minutes later, as the Colombian drilled a free-kick from just outside the box under the Samp wall, and through the fairly hapless Falcone (it was pretty bad goalkeeping to be honest).

Seconds later, Cuadrado proved to be the catalyst for what Juve thought was their second goal of the evening. The winger squared the ball to Alvaro Morata, who duly converted from inside the penalty with a sweeping shot. However, the goal was disallowed due to a foul from Adrien Rabiot in the build-up.

Falcone went some way to making amends for his earlier mistake by denying Rugani and Morata. The Samp goalkeeper reacted quickly to save an effort on goal from just inside the six-yard box from Rugani, before denying Morata with similar heroics on the stroke of half-time.

The second half was much the same as the first, with Sampdoria being absolutely terrible and Juventus being fairly competent.

Juve deservedly bagged the second goal of the evening on the 50th minute mark, with Rugani rising highest from an Arthur cross to score his first ever Coppa Italia goal.

Despite the home side dominating proceedings, out of absolutely nowhere, Samp pulled a goal back on the hour. The goal came from former Milan man Andrea Conti, who drilled a great volley from the edge of the penalty area past Mattia Perin.

The momentary panic caused by Conti's goal was arrested pretty much immediately by subsitute Paulo Dybala. After Manuel Locatelli stole possession on the edge of Samp's box, the Juve number ten confidently curled the ball into the bottom right corner.

It was 4-1 in the 75th minute, when Dybala converted a penalty kick won by debutant Marley Ake.

Here's how the Juve players rated...


Juventus player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Daniele Rugani
Rugani scored his first ever Coppa Italia goal / Chris Ricco/GettyImages

Mattia Perin (GK) - 5/10 - He had literally nothing to do until Conti popped up with a great strike from the edge of the box...then he picked the ball out of the net.

Mattia De Sciglio (RB) - 5/10 - A favourite of Allegri's, De Sciglio got forward fairly well.

Danilo (CB) - 5/10 - Nice to see him back from injury.

Daniele Rugani (CB) - 7/10 - Denied his first Juventus goal since *checks notes* the dawn of time by Falcone in the first half, and then did score his first Juventus goal since *checks notes* the dawn of time in the second half. Nice one.

Alex Sandro (LB) - 4/10 - Basically played as a winger, but didn't do much with the ball when he got it.

2. Midfielders

Manuel Locatelli, Morten Thorsby
Locatelli played well / Valerio Pennicino/GettyImages

Juan Cuadrado (RM) - 8/10 - Scored the opener from a free kick, and was the best player on the pitch in the first half. God knows where Juve would've been the last few years without him.

Arthur (CM) - 7/10 - One of his better performances in a Juve shirt...just as he's probably set to leave. Kept the ball well all night, and set up the second goal.

Manuel Locatelli (CM) - 8/10 - Pushed the tempo for the home side and was a threat in and around the Samp box. Proper good footballer.

Adrien Rabiot (LM) - 4/10 - One of his few non-N/A worthy performances this season. Rabiot was actually involved every so often on Tuesday evening.

3. Forwards

Alvaro Morata, Juan Cuadrado, Adrien Rabiot, Mattia De Sciglio
Morata scored the fourth / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Dejan Kulusevski (ST) - 3/10 - Showed the odd moment of quality but looks fairly devoid of confidence. Passed up a number of chances to have a strike on goal, and generally just looks so nervous inside the 18-yard box.

Alvaro Morata (ST) - 7/10 - Worked hard, as he always does, and scored a penalty kick.

4. Substitutes

Giorgio Chiellini - N/A.

Paulo Dybala - 7/10 - Came on and scored a lovely goal. All-time terrible decision if Juve let him leave.

Rodrigo Bentancur - N/A.

Marley Ake - 6/10 - Came on and immediately won a penalty on his debut. Good stuff.

Kaio Jorge - N/A.


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