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Morata nets double as Juventus beat Inter in Coppa semi opener

TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 27: Alvaro Morata (C) of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot with team mates during the TIM Cup match between Juventus FC and FC Internazionale Milano at Juventus Arena on January 27, 2016 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images )

TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 27: Alvaro Morata (C) of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot with team mates during the TIM Cup match between Juventus FC and FC Internazionale Milano at Juventus Arena on January 27, 2016 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images )

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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.