Juventus guaranteed their place in the last eight of this year’s Coppa Italia with last night’s solid 3-0 win over Serie B newcomers Avellino, marking the seventh time they have reached the competition’s quarter-final stages in as many years.
An early Sebastian Giovinco goal, followed soon after by Martin Caceres’ strike, ensured it would be a comfortable night for the hosts who made the gulf in class show with a controlled display across the 90 minutes.
Victory was sewn up shortly after the half-hour mark, when Fabio Quagliarella headed home to affirm a three-goal supremacy ahead of the interval.
The nine changes made by Antonio Conte had no impact on the Bianconeri’s natural inkling to play on the front foot and press high up the pitch, registering a team positional average of 56.7 metres.
With confidence flowing after Giovinco’s effort quelled any niggling fears of an upset inside the opening seven minutes, those handed the opportunity to impress seized the moment by producing assured displays across the park.
It was a busy night for Biancoverdi goalkeeper Giuseppe Di Masi, forced to contend with 12 shots raining down on his goal, six of which were on target.
But the visitors, currently fifth in Italy’s second tier, were determined not to roll over, enjoying 45.9 per cent possession and drawing responses from Marco Storari on two occasions.
Individually speaking, special mention should go the 91 passes completed by Martin Caceres, Giovinco’s five chances created and the four efforts by Quagliarella, whose goal enabled him to become the only Juventus player to score in three of this season’s competitions (Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia).