Cristiano Ronaldo’s debatable late penalty saved a draw for below-par Juventus within the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final at AC Milano.
Juve looked set for a third straight away defeat once Ante Rebic’s volley places Milano ahead before the hosts lost Theo Hernandez to a second yellow card once seventy-one minutes.
The guests offered very little threat despite their man advantage but the late VAR-awarded spot-kick allowed Ronaldo, 35 last week, to make it 35 goals in 35 games for club and country.
Juve was knocked off top spot in Serie A at the weekend and their boss Maurizio Sarri would have been frustrated to see his side only manage three tame shots on target in an exceedingly warm, aggressive game.
But within the last minute, Ronaldo saw his scissor kick blocked by the arm of Davide Calabria, who was looking the opposite way.
Referee Paolo Valeri didn’t initially award the penalty however pointed to the spot once going over to review the incident on the pitchside monitor. Ronaldo slotted his kick straight down the middle.
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