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Coppa Italia defending Champions Juventus ease into semi-finals with win over Torino

Juventus are two wins away from retaining the Coppa Italia crown after overcoming Torino 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the competition on Wednesday night.

The hosts were favourites to progress into the semi-finals, and they did so thanks to goals from Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic.

It took just 15 minutes for Juve to make the breakthrough following a positive start, which resulted in Costa sending the ball into the top right corner after connecting to a rebound.

Torino tried to respond at the other end when the ball was threaded through to M’Baye Niang, who wasted an opportunity to equalise when he hit the ball against the post after getting around the goalkeeper.

Vanja Milinkovic-Savic made a crucial stop just before the half-hour mark when Paulo Dybala’s first-time strike looked goal-bound, but he was beaten a few minutes later.

 Luckily for the goalkeeper, Costa’s second goal was flagged offside, which made are that Torino still had a chance in the game when they returned for the second half.

The optimism did not last long, though, as Mandzukic doubled Juventus’s lead by lifting the ball over the top of Milinkovic-Savic, who had come off his line in an attempt to clear the danger.

Dybala came close to making it three goals to the good after picking up the ball from Costa, but his effort glanced just wide of the post.

The hosts managed to see the game out and claim a spot in the final four.

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