AC Milan draw Juventus 1-1 in the first leg of Coppa Italia semi-final

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Coppa Italia 2020 AC Milan vs Juventus Highlights – The two players grabbing the spotlight were Zlatan and Ronaldo. They last met on the field in 2015 when PSG and Real Madrid were in the same group. It had been a lackluster performance with both teams canceling each other out.

coppa italia 2020 ac milan vs juventus highlights

Ronaldo was on a 9 game scoring streak and Zlatan had netted against the rivals in the last match. Heading into this tie, Milan defeated Torino in the quarters, while Juve had eased past Roma. Milan had gone with their usual formation 4-4-1-1 with Zlatan leading the charge and Juve had gone with the 4-3-3 formation led by Dybala and supported by Ronaldo and Cuadrado. Juve boss, Sarri had made a few changes to the lineup since the last game.

Coppa Italia 2020 AC Milan vs Juventus Highlights

Milan started the first half on the front foot. It took some time for Ronaldo and Ramsey to find their feet while Buffon was looking to roll back the years as he was making saves one after the other. Zlatan was yellow carded for his foul on De Light. This would mean that he misses the next leg.

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It is a huge blow for Milan. Juventus had dominated the possession in the first half but Milan had registered more shots and 3 shots on target by Juve had been blocked. After the first half, the game was still goalless. Milan started well in the game but Juve grew into the game better. Sarri was contempt as he managed to frustrate the opponents and Pioloi was looking to step up the tempo during the second half.

Coppa Italia 2020 AC Milan vs Juventus Highlights – The second half began with Milan instantly attacking and winning a throw in the opponent’s half. Juve was not able to find the rhythm in the first quarter of the second half and Milan had a certain urgency in their play which showed in their game in the form of a series of rash decisions. The deadlock was broken during the 61st-minute by Milan when Rebic found the back off the net in the form of a volley.

Buffon had gone down to make the save but couldn’t reach the ball in time. It was a great cross from Castillejo to setup Rebic for the goal. Sarri immediately started making changes with Ramsey being replaced with Bentancur. A penalty call was not awarded and a yellow card came in for Castillejo which meant he would also miss the next leg. Things were starting to heat up at the San Siro. Sarri turned to Higuain for a bit of experience.

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Theo Hernandez was red-carded for his late challenge on Dybala. Milan was definitely in a fix with a lot of players missing the next leg and Sarri was making attacking changes while Pioloi was making defensive changes. Juve was flooding forward but Milan was also holding their ground.

Coppa Italia 2020 AC Milan vs Juventus Highlights – The game changed in the 88th-minute when a penalty was awarded for a handball on Calabria’s arm directed by Ronaldo’s bicycle kick. Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot. Ronaldo scored in 11 consecutive matches for Juventus. With 6 minutes of time added on, it did not look like Milan would be able to hold on. Juventus were on the hunt for a winner but could not find the target and the last shot of the game was saved by Buffon.

The second leg will definitely be interesting with odds stacked against Milan who will be missing a few players and Juventus with the away goal advantage.

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