Cristiano Ronaldo misses penalty but Juventus reach Coppa Italia final

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June 13, 2020
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    Juventus are 27 points clear of AC Milan in the Serie A table

    Juventus are 27 points clear of AC Milan in the Serie A table

    Thirteen-time winners Juventus reached the Coppa Italia final on the away goals rule at AC Milan’s expense as Italy’s football season restarted.

    After drawing 1-1 in Milan on 13 February, Juve could not find the net in a semi-final second leg played behind closed doors in Turin.

    Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty awarded for handball before Milan’s Ante Rebic was sent off.

    It followed the Croatia forward’s 16th-minute foul on Danilo.

    Juventus, under former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, will meet either Inter Milan or Napoli in Wednesday’s final in Rome.

    Napoli take a 1-0 lead into Saturday’s (20:00 BST) second leg.

    After both teams emerged separately from the tunnel before the game, there was a minute’s silence in memory of those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic, followed by applause for medical workers.

    With no fans present, at times the game sounded like a training session but the hosts were presented with a great chance to take the lead on the night when they were awarded a penalty after a video assistant referee (VAR) review for handball.

    There were no fans at Juventus' 41,500-capacity ground

    There were no fans at Juventus’s 41,500-capacity ground

    However, Ronaldo’s effort hit the post and moments later Rebic was dismissed for an ugly challenge on former Manchester City full-back Danilo.

    Juventus did most of the pressing, Blaise Matuidi forcing a good save from Gianluigi Donnarumma, while Paulo Dybala also forced the keeper into a fine save towards the end.

    Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 21 Serie A goals this season but hit the post from the penalty spot

    Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 21 Serie A goals this season but hit the post from the penalty spot

    AC Milan, 27 points behind Juventus in the Serie A table, missed their injured forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Football was suspended in Italy on 9 March but Serie A returns on 20 June with leaders Juve one point clear of Lazio with 12 games remaining.

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