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Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up and slammed the ball down the center to attain his 24th aim of the season. © AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury-time penalty grabbed Juventus a 1-1 draw at AC Milan of their Italian Cup semi-final, first leg on Thursday as his unimaginable scoring run continued. The 35-year-old has now scored 12 objectives in his final eight video games in all competitions after the Portuguese in the end received the higher of previous rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic regardless of being largely nameless for a lot of the match. Milan paid for Theo Hernandez’s 71st-minute purple card as they failed to shut out a recreation that they had dominated for lengthy intervals and led via Ante Rebic.
Juve will now be favourites to complete the job within the second leg on the Allianz Stadium subsequent month, with a ultimate in opposition to both Inter Milan or Napoli up for grabs.
The hosts began strongly, with Ibrahimovic heading over the crossbar inside the primary minute.
He continued to be a menace to his former membership early on, however might solely direct an bold backheel flick past the far publish, earlier than selecting up a reserving which can see him miss the second leg via suspension.
Juventus lastly produced their first shot in anger 9 minutes earlier than half-time, as Juan Cuadrado noticed his low strike properly saved by Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Milan began the second half as they did the primary, on the entrance foot, however Rebic was denied a gap aim by Gianluigi Buffon.
Samu Castillejo additionally known as Buffon into motion seven minutes after the break, with the 42-year-old goalkeeper capable of make a cushty save.
Stefano Pioli’s facet lastly made the breakthrough within the 61st minute, although, as Castillejo’s clipped cross was volleyed dwelling on the again publish by Rebic.
Juventus have been gifted a method again into the sport with 18 minutes remaining as Hernandez was handed a second yellow card for a late problem on Paulo Dybala.
That prompted the 13-time winners to belatedly pile some stress on the house aim, and Donnarumma needed to be alert to maintain out Matthijs de Ligt’s header.
Dybala curled huge with 5 minutes remaining, however Juve have been awarded a spot-kick within the ultimate minute of regular time as VAR noticed a handball by Davide Calabria.
Ronaldo stepped up and slammed the ball down the center to attain his 24th aim of the season.
Six minutes of injury-time gave the guests hope of clinching an unlikely victory, however Milan a minimum of held on for a draw to maintain their bid for a primary Cup crown since 2003 alive.
On Wednesday, Napoli struck first blood of their semi-final as Gennaro Gattuso’s males downed Serie A leaders Inter Milan 1-Zero on the San Siro, with Fabian Ruiz scoring the winner.
The last-four second legs will happen on March four and 5, with the ultimate on Could 13 on the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.