Wednesday December 16 2015
Coppa: Four-star Juve crush Toro

A Simone Zaza brace, Paulo Dybala and Paul Pogba allowed Juventus to beat 10-man Torino 4-0 in the Coppa Italia.

The Bianconeri will now face Lazio or Udinese in the quarter-final next month. Daniele Rugani got his first start, but Max Allegri didn’t rotate his squad much for this Derby della Mole.

It was naturally a tense affair and Simone Zaza was first into the book, then moments later risked a second yellow for his late sliding tackle on goalkeeper Ichazo.

Zaza seemed perhaps too motivated to make the most of this opportunity, but he did a couple of minutes later when volleying in an Alvaro Morata cross from the left as he stood on the penalty spot.

The ex-Sassuolo striker still ran too many risks, shoving Kamil Glik into the advertising boards, while Andrea Belotti drilled wide for Torino and Zaza’s long-range attempt was easily smothered.

It was an extremely aggressive affair and Afriyie Acquah was booked for kicking Morata in the back of the leg, something that could barely even be described as a tackle.

Straight after the restart Salvador Ichazo performed a one-handed save to deny Morata and on the corner Leo Bonucci’s goal was disallowed for a very tight offside decision.

There could’ve been two dismissals in the first half, so it was little surprise when Cristian Molinaro saw red for sliding into Stephan Lichtsteiner, his second bookable offence.

Zaza doubled his tally and Juve’s lead with a well-taken goal, controlling with his right foot to dummy Emiliano Moretti and drilling in an angled drive with his left.

Moments later the forward risked another booking yet again, this time for clattering into Belotti, and Max Allegri wisely hauled him off.

Belotti went on the counter-attack only to hit the side-netting, as Rugani did well to narrow the angle. Substitute Paulo Dybala curled just wide of the top corner and Ichazo intercepted a dangerous Paul Pogba cross, as it became one-way traffic.

Dybala did get the third, blasting in a left-foot finish from the edge of the box that left Ichazo rooted to the spot.

Pogba completed the rout late on, curling a free kick into the near top corner with his right foot.

Juventus 4-0 Torino

Scorers: Zaza 28, 51 (J), Dybala 73 (J), Pogba 84 (J)

Juventus: Neto; Rugani, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Khedira (Padoin 81), Marchisio (Hernanes 87), Pogba, Alex Sandro; Zaza (Dybala 53), Morata

Torino: Ichazo; Bovo, Glik, Moretti (Avelar 81); Peres, Aquah, Gazzi, Baselli (Gaston Silva 64), Molinaro; Belotti (Quagliarella 64), Maxi Lopez

Ref: Doveri

Sent off: Molinaro 49 (T)