Coppa Italia AC Milan took the lead

Over 72,000 fans packed into the Stadio San Siro as a dramatic late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juventus a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.

On top for the majority of the game, Milan took the lead 61 minutes in through Ante Rebic, who bagged his fifth of the season in all competitions.

Theo Hernandez was sent off with a quarter of the game left to play, before a Davide Calabria handball gave Ronaldo the chance to score from the penalty spot, which he did.

Thus, the pair head to the Allianz Stadium for the return leg on March 4, with the winner taking a place in the final.

Just as they did against Inter, Milan few out of the blocks and a lovely piece of skill from Ante Rebic allowed Franck Kessie to blast just wide.

Rebic was next to have a go and his effort needed to be punched away by Gianluigi Buffon, while that was shortly followed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic attempting a cheeky backheel flick, but it rolled off target.

Kessie found Davide Calabria in the box and his turn and shot needed tipping over by Buffon, before Ibrahimovic and Rebic combined on the edge of the area, though the Croatian’s shot was straight at Buffon.

Juventus’ first real chance came just after the half hour mark when Juan Cuadrado had a go from range, but it was stopped by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Juventus Portuguese forward lt;HIT gt;Cristiano lt;/HIT gt; Ronaldo (R) challenges AC Milans Spanish forward Samu Castillejo during the Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) semi-final first leg football match AC Milan vs Juventus Turin on February 13, 2020 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP)

Milan started the second half just as they did the first and Rebic got on the end of an Ibrahimovic flick on, but once more Buffon was there to deny the Croat.

The breakthrough came just after the hour when Samu Castillejo swung ball into the box from the right and Rebic side-footed past Buffon to send the San Siro wild.

However, things took a turn for the worse when Theo Hernandez collected a second yellow card for a body check on Paulo Dybala, resulting in his sending off.

Just as it looked like Milan would hold on for the win, Calabria blocked a Ronaldo bicycle kick with his arm, resulting in a penalty for Juventus which the Portuguese duly converted.


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David Schiavone