Zlatan Ibrahimović vs Cristiano Ronaldo in 2019-20 Coppa Italia Semifinale (Andata): Milan vs. Juventus (“San Siro” Milan, 13.02.2020)
MILAN: G. Donnarumma, D. Calabria, S. Kjær, A. Romagnoli (c), T. Hernandez, S. Castillejo (S. Saelemaekers ’80), F. Kessie, I. Bennacer, A. Rebić (D. Laxalt ’74), H. Çalhanoğlu (L. Paquetá ’86), Z. Ibrahimović
Manager: Stefano Pioli
JUVENTUS: G. Buffon, M. De Sciglio (G. Higuaín ’69), M. De Ligt, L. Bonucci (c), A. Sandro, A. Ramsey (R. Bentancur ’63), M. Pjanić, B. Matuidi (A. Rabiot ’73), J. Cuadrado, P. Dybala, C. Ronaldo
Manager: Maurizio Sarri
REFEREE: Paolo Valeri
GOALS: Rebić ’61 (1:0), Ronaldo ’90+1 pen. (1:1)
BOOKED: Ibrahimović ’30, Ramsey ’30, Hernandez ’42, Kessie ’58, Castillejo ’69, Hernandez ’71 (second yellow, sent off), Calabria ’90
02:52 – 03:12 Zlatan backheel
06:21 – 07:01 Zlatan yellow card
08:56 – 09:26 Hernandez yellow card
11:03 – 11:12 Buffon save (Rebić shot)
13:10 – 13:42 Buffon save (Zlatan shot)
13:43 – 13:58 Buffon save (Hernandez shot)
13:59 – 14:33 Rebić goal (Castillejo assist)
15:43 – 16:11 Hernandez 2nd yellow card
18:50 – 20:30 Calabria handball, VAR decision, Ronaldo goal (penalty kick)
Juve looked set for a third straight away defeat after Ante Rebić’s volley put Milan ahead before the hosts lost Theo Hernandez to a second yellow card after 71 minutes. The visitors offered 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 were 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 a tepid, scrappy game.
But in the last minute, Ronaldo saw his scissor kick blocked by the arm of Davide Calabria, who was looking the other way. Referee Paolo Valeri did not initially award the penalty but pointed to the spot after going over to review the incident on the pitchside monitor. Ronaldo slotted his kick straight down the middle.
Before the late drama it was another veteran, 42-year-old Gianluigi Buffon, who had been the game’s star performer. The Juve goalkeeper, who first won this trophy in 1999, made good saves from Rebić and Hernandez before a superb one-handed stop pushed a Zlatan Ibrahimović effort into the side-netting.
Shortly afterwards Rebić struck to give Milan the advantage, turning in Samu Castillejo’s cross after a spell of pressure. Hernandez picked up a second booking when he caught Paulo Dybala with 19 minutes left and Ronaldo – who scored in a 10th straight league game at the weekend – then took advantage of the dubious call to level in front of a new Coppa Italia semi-final record attendance of 72,738.
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