Ronaldo saves Juventus with controversial penalty at AC Milan
MILAN: Cristiano Ronaldo´s injury-time penalty grabbed Juventus a 1-1 draw at AC Milan of their Italian Cup semi-final, first leg on Thursday as his unbelievable scoring run continued.
The 35-year-old has now scored 12 objectives in his final eight video games in all competitions after the Portuguese in the end obtained the higher of previous rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic regardless of being largely nameless for a lot of the match.
Milan paid for Theo Hernandez´s 71st-minute crimson card as they failed to shut out a recreation they’d dominated for lengthy durations and led by way of Ante Rebic.
Juve will now be favourites to complete the job within the second leg on the Allianz Stadium subsequent month, with a ultimate towards both Inter Milan or Napoli up for grabs.
The hosts began strongly, with Ibrahimovic heading over the crossbar inside the primary minute.
He continued to be a risk to his former membership early on, however may solely direct an bold backheel flick past the far publish, earlier than selecting up a reserving which is able to see him miss the second leg by way of suspension.
Juventus lastly produced their first shot in anger 9 minutes earlier than half-time, as Juan Cuadrado noticed his low strike nicely saved by Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Milan began the second half as they did the primary, on the entrance foot, however Rebic was denied a gap aim by Gianluigi Buffon.
Samu Castillejo additionally known as Buffon into motion seven minutes after the break, with the 42-year-old goalkeeper capable of make a cushty save.
Stefano Pioli´s aspect lastly made the breakthrough within the 61st minute, although, as Castillejo´s clipped cross was volleyed home on the again publish by Rebic.
Juventus had been gifted a approach again into the sport with 18 minutes remaining as Hernandez was handed a second yellow card for a late problem on Paulo Dybala.
That prompted the 13-time winners to belatedly pile some stress on the home aim, and Donnarumma needed to be alert to maintain out Matthijs de Ligt´s header.
Dybala curled vast with 5 minutes remaining, however Juve had been awarded a spot-kick within the ultimate minute of regular time as VAR noticed a handball by Davide Calabria.
Ronaldo stepped up and slammed the ball down the center to attain his 24th aim of the season.
Six minutes of injury-time gave the guests hope of clinching an unlikely victory, however Milan at the very least held on for a draw to maintain their bid for a primary Cup crown since 2003 alive.
On Wednesday, Napoli struck first blood of their semi-final as Gennaro Gattuso´s males downed Serie A leaders Inter Milan 1-Zero on the San Siro, with Fabian Ruiz scoring the winner.
The last-four second legs will happen on March four and 5, with the ultimate on May 13 on the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.