TURIN, Italy -- Alvaro Morata ended a 20-match goalscoring drought with two goals as holder Juventus beat 10-man Inter Milan 3-0 in the first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal on Wednesday.
Morata hadn't scored for nearly four months but he powerfully struck a penalty into the top left corner in the 36th minute after Juan Cuadrado had been barged over by Jeison Murillo.
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The Spain forward doubled his tally shortly after the hour with a brilliant finish into the top far corner after Patrice Evra's cross had taken a fortunate bounce off an Inter defender into his path.
Inter's hopes of getting back into the match all but evaporated when Murillo was sent off in the 70th minute following a second booking for another foul on Cuadrado.
Paulo Dybala finished off the scoring six minutes from time, sidefooting a shot between the legs of Samir Handanovic from the edge of the area to ensure Juventus takes a clear advantage into the second leg at San Siro on March 2 or 3.
It was Dybala's 15th goal of the season.
It was also the first time Juventus has beaten Inter in the Italian Cup since 1972.
AC Milan edged Alessandria 1-0 in the first leg of their semifinal on Tuesday.