Italian football rolled the ball again with the dispute of the return of the semifinals between Juventus and Milan. Juventus reached the Italian Cup final thanks to the double value of the goals scored away from home. The 1-1 first leg at Giuseppe Meazza ended up deciding the tie.
It all started with a beautiful tribute to the victims of the coronavirus, with an ovation to three health representatives who were on the lawn. The pandemic has taken its toll in Italy, but soccer has returned. Or so it is said. The comparisons are odious, almost as much as the rhythm of the duel under the Turin sky. the duel between Juventus and Milan was improper of a semifinal but understandable because the players hardly had time to prepare.
Cristiano Ronaldo miss penalty
The clear example was Cristiano Ronaldo, as gray or more than the rest of his teammates. Juventus started wanting to set the tempo and playing on the Milan field, despite having an advantage on paper. The first pass hinted at a comfortable victory for the Maurizio Sarri team, who gave the controls to midfield to Miralem Pjanic. It was not so. Everything went wrong when Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty by Conti. The Portuguese threw it to the post and in immediate action; Rebic crossed the cables and put the studs on Danilo’s chest, seeing the red card (17 ‘).
It was the second penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo miss since joining Juventus in the summer of 2018. He has scored 14 of 16 pitches and previously had only missed against Chievo Verona.
Juventus and Milan developed a flat game, only notable for some isolated action; such as a goal that Calhanoglu almost scored in the 47th minute. The initial scoreboard did not move, but Italian football has already returned to action. Only the goals were missing in a match in which the stoppage time was noticeable in the physical condition of the footballers.
Tomorrow, 3.30 PM(EST), Napoli and Inter will decide Juventus’s rival in the Italian Cup final.
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