Cristiano Ronaldo To The Rescue Again As Late Penalty Secures 1-1 Draw Against AC Milan

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Juventus once again needed magic from Cristiano Ronaldo to salvage a draw in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg match against AC Milan.

Written By Sujay Chakraborty | Mumbai | Updated On:
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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. 

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Watch: AC Milan vs Juventus highlights

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. 

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AC Milan vs Juventus highlights: Cristiano Ronaldo penalty salvages a draw

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. 

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. 

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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. 

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