Juventus once again needed magic from Cristiano Ronaldo to salvage a draw in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg match against Zlatan Ibrahimovic led AC Milan. With Juventus struggling to break down AC Milan, Cristiano Ronaldo took it upon himself to create a penalty opportunity and score in the dying minutes of the game.
Both sides opted for a strong line-up for the Coppa Italia semi-final clash. Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala started for the Old Lady while Zlatan Ibrahimovic spearheaded Milan's attack.
The Serie A leaders looked on course for a defeat at San Siro after Ante Rebic's goal in the 61st minute gave Milan an unexpected lead. Despite Theo Hernandez being sent-off just minutes after the opener, AC Milan defended resolutely to hold off Juventus.
As the game headed into stoppage time, Juventus were looking at a shock defeat. Cristiano Ronaldo, however, sprung to life to earn a penalty for his side. Ronaldo connected with his outrageous bicycle kick and it hit Davide Calabria's outstretched arm. The referee straightaway pointed to the spot. After a lengthy VAR intervention, the decision stood much to the dismay of the Milan players. It was indeed a very controversial call as Calabria was just yards away from Ronaldo.
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A contentious penalty for Juventus and CR7 punishes Milan in full.
A lifeline for Juve in stoppage time! pic.twitter.com/pqO7X174zF
Cristiano Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot and sent a powerful strike down the middle to beat Gianluigi Donnarumma. Juventus drew level with minutes left on the clock.
35-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 35 goals in 35 games for club and country this season. Mind blowing 🤯 pic.twitter.com/OplZ0bpUZe— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 13, 2020
Despite a below-par performance from the Serie A leaders, they escaped San Siro with a draw. The two sides will meet for the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg on March 5.