Coppa Italia: Juventus Make Final Despite Ronaldo Penalty Miss

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) shoots to miss a penalty during the Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) semi-final second leg football match Juventus vs AC Milan on June 12, 2020 at the Allianz stadium in Turin, the first to be played in Italy since March 9 and the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In the end, Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty didn’t count for much as thirteen-time winners Juventus reached the Coppa Italia final on the away goals rule at AC Milan’s expense as Italy’s football season restarted.

The first-leg had ended 1-1 on 13 February before Italian football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The second-leg marked the first football match in Italy since 9 March and was played behind closed doors at Juventus’s 41,500-capacity ground.

Both teams observed a minute’s silence in memory of those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic, followed by applause for medical workers.

Ronaldo had a chance to give Juventus the lead following a penalty awarded for handball after a video assistant referee (VAR) review.

But the Portuguese forward struck the post and moments later, Milan’s Ante Rebic was sent off for a high boot in the face of former Manchester City full-back Danilo.

Juventus were closest to breaking the deadlock with Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala forcing good saves from Gianluigi Donnarummaa.

Juventus, now coached by former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, will meet either Inter Milan or Napoli in Wednesday’s final in Rome.

Napoli take a 1-0 lead into Saturday’s second leg.

Meanwhile, Serie A returns on 20 June with leaders Juve one point clear of Lazio with 12 games remaining.