Thirteen-time champions Juventus reached the final of Coppa Italia based on away goals at the expense of AC Milan as Italy restarted its football season. Juve could not find the net in a semi-final second leg played behind closed doors in Turin after drawing 1-1 in Milan on 13 February.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a handball penalty before Ante Rebic of Milan was sent off. It followed a 16th-minute foul from Croatian forward on Danilo. Napoli will lead 1-0 into Saturday’s second leg (20:00 BST).
There was a minute’s silence in remembrance of those who died during the coronavirus pandemic, followed by cheers for medical staff after both teams emerged separately from the tunnel before the game.
Ronaldo ‘s effort hit the post though, and moments later Rebic was dismissed on former Manchester City full-back Danilo for an ugly challenge.
AC Milan, in Series A table 27 points behind Juventus, missed out on their injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Football was suspended in Italy on the 9th of March but Serie A resumes on the 20th of June with champions Juve one point away from Lazio with 12 games left.
In the 17th minute, Milan was left with a player less after Croatian striker Ante Rebić was sent off on Danilo because of a brutal start. The Milan players managed to knock the ball out of their 16-yard box after Cristiano Ronaldo hit the goalpost from a penalty kick, and Rebić, wanting to bounce the ball further from his goal, kicked rival Danilo in the body who wanted to return the game to the away team. Penalty zone.
For Juventus, this will be their 19th appearance in the Cup final, they have won the trophy 13 times so far, and their opponent in the final, to be played on Wednesday, will be better than Napoli-Inter, scheduled for Saturday in Naples. Those rivals’ first match in Milan ended with Napoli’s 1-0 victory.