Goal of the day: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) vs AS Roma | inside World Soccer

A trademark old-fashioned Alessandro Del Piero goal helped Juventus to a 3-0 win over 10-man AS Roma on Tuesday and earn a Coppa Italia semi-final berth.

Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero scores a goal during a Coppa Italia game against AS Roma
Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero scores a goal during a Coppa Italia game against AS Roma

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The Old Lady opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Emanuele Giaccherini latched onto a searching Andrea Barzagli pass and kept his cool to place an angled drive over the on-rushing Maarten Stekelenburg.

Juve captain Del Piero then doubled their lead on the half-hour mark with a simply stunning goal, which used to be called "alla Del Piero".

It was in his style, charging forward, cutting back past his marker to find space on the edge of the box and curling a sublime shot across Stekelenburg and into the net via the crossbar.

The goal was Del Piero's first of the season and it was also a fitting way for the 37-year-old veteran to break his duck in Juventus' new stadium.

And the popular forward was resoundingly applauded when he went off 13 minutes from time, with coach Antonio Conte also joining in the lengthy standing ovation.

"Finally, he scored an amazing goal, he's been trying for a while," Conte said. "He will always be the answer for us and never a problem."

Del Piero added: "It was a nice goal and I'm happy to have scored it on such a particular day in this club's history - the anniversary of Gianni Agnelli's death.

"It was also nice to score because the goal wasn't just a moment, it came during a good performance, made up of plenty of movement and exchanges with teammates."

A second-half red card for Erik Lamela and a late Simon Kjær own goal eventually ensured that the Bianconeri would progress with the minimum of fuss.


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