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.
4 Huddersfield Town transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with very soon
Huddersfield Town are set for a huge clash tomorrow night against Luton Town.
The second leg of the Championship play-off final is potentially season-defining for the Terriers, with the score level at 1-1 on aggregate following the first leg.
Only a win on the night, whether it be after 90 minutes, extra time, or on penalties, will be enough to see Huddersfield reach the final at Wembley.
Whilst the focus is no doubt fully on football at the moment, there are some key transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks.
Here, we’ve picked out four matters we think will be on Corberan’s agenda once the season comes to a close.
Naby Sarr’s contract
One matter for Corberan to deal with is Naby Sarr’s expiring contract at the club, which runs out at the end of June.
Sarr has struggled for regular game time at the John Smith’s Stadium this campaign, making just 23 appearances in all competitions so far.
Interestingly, though, the 28-year-old started three of Huddersfield’s last four league matches, and also the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Luton.
These performances may or may not have been enough to get Sarr back onside with the club, but either way, Corberan must make a decision on his future soon, if he has not done so already.
Another transfer matter Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks is deciding the future of Danel Sinani.
Sinani joined on a season-long loan from Norwich City last summer, with Norwich confirming at the time that Huddersfield held an option to buy Sinani as part of the agreement.
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Sinani has certainly made a contribution this season – scoring seven goals and registering five assists in 45 appearances, but we are unaware of the sort of fee it will take to secure his signature permanently.
As such, Corberan must weigh up whether or not Sinani is worth that fee in the coming weeks.
Harry Toffolo’s extension
Harry Toffolo is another Huddersfield Town player with an expiring contract this summer.
Fortunately for the club, though, it has been reported that they hold an option to trigger a one-year extension on his current deal.
We have had no official confirmation of them triggering this option as of yet, though, leaving us to speculate over Toffolo’s future.
It must be said, however, that after a fine season for the club, it seems a formality that the club will trigger the clause.
In that eventuality, the club would then have to decide whether to cash in on the defender, or seek a fresh agreement that would see him stay beyond 2023.
Finally, a fourth transfer matter for Carlos Corberan to deal with this summer is the future of Romoney Crichlow.
The 22-year-old has spent the season out on loan, first at Swindon Town in League Two, and then at League One outfit Plymouth Argyle.
His Swindon spell was a success, making 24 appearances for the club, but his time at Plymouth has been quite the opposite, with the defender having made just three appearances since swapping the County Ground for Home Park.
With one year remaining on his Huddersfield deal, Corberan must decide whether or not Crichlow is worth keeping around, worth another loan out, or worth getting rid of.
Given how little he has featured at League One level, it is hard to see his immediate future with the Terriers.
Ben Garner reveals the key to getting the best out of Swindon Town star this season
Swindon Town head coach Ben Garner has revealed how the key to getting the best out of Harry McKirdy this campaign following another two goals for the attacker.
McKirdy scored a brace this afternoon as Swindon Town beat Port Vale 2-1 at the County Ground in the first leg of the League Two play-off semi final’s.
Asked by a Sky Sports reporter how he had gotten the best out of the 25-year-old this season, Garner offered a simple explanation.
“I think one big thing when he come in – I just had an individual chat with him, just as a person, forget about football or anything else.” Garner told Sky Sports.
“We’ve just allowed him to be himself this season – built his confidence, let him play, get him in his best position, get him in positions where he can do what he does best and he’s done that this season.”
“Hopefully he will continue to do it on Thursday, and hopefully beyond.”
The two goals this afternoon took McKirdy’s tally for the campaign to an impressive 23 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions.
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Harry McKirdy has been absolutely brilliant at Swindon Town this campaign and a key factor in their bid for the play-offs and promotion.
His goal tally speaks for itself and adding two today only goes to demonstrate that he can also score goals when the pressure is really on.
Those goals today will have been even sweeter, too, considering they were against Port Vale.
McKirdy spent last season with the Valiants but found himself unable to get much game time with the club, making just 8 League Two appearances in 2020/21.
After the season he has had this campaign, you’d have to think Port Vale are regretting not giving him more of an opportunity.