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Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted on social media after firing Juventus to victory over Inter Milan on Tuesday night. The Portugal international scored twice at the San Siro to give the Old Lady a first leg lead. And they’re now just two games away from ending their three-year wait for the Coppa Italia trophy.
Inter got off to a terrific start against Juventus, with Lautaro Martinez opening the scoring in the ninth minute.
However, Juventus then upped the ante and emerged victorious courtesy of a Ronaldo brace.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star levelled the match in the 26th minute via the penalty spot, before then striking 11 minutes later to give the Old Lady the win.
It means they’re now closer than ever to sending their wait for the trophy, which they last won in 2018 during Massimiliano Allegri’s reign at the helm.
And, speaking on Instagram after the game, Ronaldo reacted to the result.
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The 35-year-old, whose birthday is on Friday, said: “Great team win! We need this #finoallafine spirit.”
With Juventus blowing hot and cold in Serie A, the Coppa Italia has provided some respite for Pirlo during his first season in charge.
And, speaking after the game, the former midfielder admitted they still need to improve if they’re to win silverware this term.
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“We weren’t in the championship match, but it served as a lesson, because we gathered together and the victory in the Super Cup made us understand that we can compete for every goal,” he said.
“We haven’t done anything yet, we just won the first round.
“We have prepared the game well and if we are focused and have the right attitude it becomes hard for everyone, even though we know that it is not easy to keep this pace playing every three days.
“However, the squad is wide and there is no problem in alternating players.
“In the second half we lowered ourselves a bit, also thanks to Inter, but it’s normal in the ninety minutes. Ronaldo? He played an excellent match and proved his worth.”
Midfielder Adrien Rabiot added: “It was a very important match, we are happy and we have shown that we are a different team from that of the championship match.
“There will be the return match to be played which will be more important and more difficult.
“There we will have to confirm what we have seen today.”
Inter boss Antonio Conte admitted after the game that his side gifted Juventus their goals, much to his annoyance.
“We did it all today and our regret is enormous,” he said.
“Juventus didn’t have to work for their goals and I don’t remember Handanovic having to make any big saves.
“We committed two gross errors that gifted them the lead.
“I think the team did really well and the boys gave it their all.
“As always, we created a lot and put Juventus under immense pressure but we need to be more clinical because goals make the difference.
Conte also insisted the tie was still open, saying: “We’ll need to win by two goals and not concede.
“This obviously won’t be a walk in the park because Juve are a strong side.
“Anything can happen but we need to recharge and think about our game in Florence in two days.
“It’ll be a tough game in all aspects. After that, we’ll prepare for the second leg.”
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