Despite playing against 10 for almost 75 minutes, Juventus could only draw 0-0 with Milan in the first football game in Italy since March.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty failure did not prove costly for Juventus as they reached the Coppa Italia final on away goals following a 0-0 draw with 10-man Milan as Italian football returned on Friday.
The two teams drew 1-1 in the first leg of the semi-final at San Siro in February but had to wait four months for the return match at the Allianz Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic leading to the suspension of major sport across the globe in March.
Prior to kick-off a minute’s silence was held for those who died from COVID-19, before a round of applause for the nation’s health workers. Milan had warmed up in ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts, while Juve sported tops saying ‘No to Racism’.
2′ CLOSE! Costa’s shot wide out
Alex Sandro powers forward down the left, gets away from his man and cuts the ball back for Costa, who drags an angled shot away from the target.
5′ Dybala’s free kick wide out
It is Dybala who takes the free-kick, not Ronaldo. The attempt is not the best and clips the wall on its way behind for a corner.
16′ Penalty Missed! (Ronaldo)
Ronaldo brings down the ball and feels that Conti used his arm to block it, though it would have been harsh had the referee given it. Ronaldo’s snapshot across goal is kept in play, but the attack eventually fizzles out. But he strikes the post from the penalty! A major let-off for Milan early on here.
16′ Red Card! Rebic sent off
Seconds after Ronaldo’s penalty miss, Rebic catches Danilo incredibly high with a shocking challenge and is rightly sent off.
39′ Ronaldo’s long shot stopped by Donnarumma
Milan look stretched as Juve hit them on the break. Ronaldo and Dybala exchange passes and the former bends a shot towards the bottom-left corner from 20 yards. Donnarumma gets down to make a pretty routine save.
48′ CHANCE! Calhanoglu’s header wide out
Milan hit Juve on the counter and Bonaventura plays a good cross into the box. Calhanoglu gets his head to it and steers the ball just wide of the target.
79′ Kjaer’s header wide out
Alex Sandro helps a Milan free-kick behind for a corner. The rare set-piece is met by Kjaer towards the front post, the centre-back glancing wide after taking up a good position.
80′ CLOSE! Dybala’s long shot stopped by Donnarumma
The second half has finally livened up. Following Kjaer’s near miss for Milan, Dybala takes range from 25 yards up the other end of the pitch and calls Donnarumma into rare action.