Coppa Italia: Cristiano Ronaldo's stoppage time penalty earns Juventus hard-fought draw in semi-final first leg against 10-man AC Milan

  • Ante Rebic’s volley gave the hosts a deserved lead after 61 minutes, following a string of good saves from veteran Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

  • But Stefano Pioli’s side were reduced to 10 men for the final 18 minutes when defender Theo Hernandez was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Paulo Dybala.

  • Ronaldo smashed the spot-kick into the roof of the net to earn his side a draw ahead of the second leg in Turin on 4 March.

Rome: A stoppage-time Cristiano Ronaldo penalty rescued a 1-1 draw for Juventus at 10-man AC Milan on Thursday in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.

 Coppa Italia: Cristiano Ronaldos stoppage time penalty earns Juventus hard-fought draw in semi-final first leg against 10-man AC Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo smashed the spot-kick into the roof of the net to earn Juventus a draw. AP

Ante Rebic’s volley gave the hosts a deserved lead after 61 minutes, following a string of good saves from veteran Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

But Stefano Pioli’s side were reduced to 10 men for the final 18 minutes when defender Theo Hernandez was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Paulo Dybala.

Juventus were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes following a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review, which showed that a Ronaldo scissor kick had struck the arm of Milan defender Davide Calabria.

The Portuguese forward smashed the spot-kick into the roof of the net to earn his side a draw ahead of the second leg in Turin on 4 March.

Napoli defeated Inter Milan 1-0 in the first leg of the other semi-final in Milan on Wednesday.

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Updated Date: Feb 14, 2020 07:53:03 IST