Soccer Football – Coppa Italia Semi Final First Leg – AC Milan v Juventus – San Siro, Milan, Italy – February 13, 2020 Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo in action with AC Milan’s Davide Calabria and Simon Kjaer. Image: Reuters

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. 

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 March 4. 

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

Reuters | ROME

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