Juventus reach Coppa Italia final despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty miss


AC Milan played most of the match with 10 men.

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty on Italian football’s return to action but Juventus still reached the Coppa Italia final despite being held by 10-man AC Milan in Turin.

The goalless draw proved enough for Juve to progress on away goals courtesy of a stoppage-time Ronaldo penalty in a 1-1 draw at the San Siro almost four months ago.

The Portugal forward hit the post from the spot 16 minutes into the game but the match turned in the home side’s favour again just six seconds later when Croatian striker Ante Rebic caught Danilo with a chest-high studs-showing challenge. The misjudgement as he chased a clearance saw him red-carded.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action, although Milan stepped up their efforts as the game progressed without creating many openings.

History was made as Milan brought on five substitutes and Juventus four in new rules designed to help squads deal with the fixture demands following the coronavirus suspension.

Juve will play either Napoli or Inter Milan in the final with the Naples side 1-0 up ahead of their home leg.

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