Cristiano Ronaldo‘s last-minute penalty helped Juventus draw 1-1 in the semi-final first leg against Milan.
Milan started the match with a slightly better position. Franck Kessie, Ante Rebic and Davide Calabria are constantly given the chance to test goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Ibrahimovic also started, but only played a role to attract Juventus defense. At the end of the first half, the Swedish star was shown a yellow card from the jump situation to hit the face of Matthijs De Ligt. Since he received two cards from the beginning, he will be absent in the second leg.
Before the game and the psychological advantage for Milan, Juventus had almost only one chance in the first half. Juan Cuadrado put a right foot and forced keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to save.
Milan is still a better team after the break. After much effort on the ball, the red and black striped shirt paid off with an opening goal in the 61st minute. From Samu Castillejo’s cross, Rebic volleyed a little into the left corner to beat Buffon. This is a complete achievement for Milan – the team has launched 21 shots and 11 goals towards this match, while the Juventus numbers are only 14 and 4 respectively.
After receiving the goal, Juventus played harder. Coach Maurizio Sarri also tried to wake up the team by launching Rodrigo Bentancur, Gonzalo Higuain and Rabiot.
71 minutes, they have the advantage when Milan lost Theo Hernandez. The French defender received a second yellow card after a challenge on Paulo Dybala.
Taking advantage of opportunities, the visitors attacked more strongly, but also thanks to luck to escape. In the 89th minute, Ronaldo launched a volley to hit the ball with Davide Calabria. This is a controversial situation, because the Milan player is standing back to the ball, in a completely passive position. After consulting with VAR, the referee decided to give Juventus a penalty. Since then, CR7 stretches the table, rescuing Juventus.
Ronaldo extended the scoring chain for Juventus
The two teams will play the semi-final second leg on March 1, on Juventus field. But before that, Ronaldo and his teammates will have two important matches with Lyon (Champions League) and Inter (Serie A).