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HT: Milan test Juve defence


Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic, Davide Calabria and Juan Cuadrado had the best chances of the first half, but Milan and Juventus are goalless in this Coppa Italia semi-final.

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The second leg of this Coppa Italia semi-final will be in Turin on March 4, so away goals could make a big difference.

Both were coming off bad Serie A defeats, so Juve transformed with Juan Cuadrado in a more advanced role and Aaron Ramsey in midfield. As for the Rossoneri, Davide Calabria stepped in for suspended Andrea Conti, but Hakan Calhanoglu retained his new trequartista position. This was the first time Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo had faced off since 2015, PSG v Real Madrid.

It was a ferocious start from the hosts, Franck Kessie firing wide, Ante Rebic stinging Gigi Buffon’s gloves and an Ibrahimovic back-heel flick off target.

Buffon flew to fingertip a deflected Calabria strike out from under the crossbar, then smothered another Rebic effort, as while Juve kept a lot of possession, they failed to create real chances.

Ibrahimovic was booked for jumping with elbow raised on Matthijs de Ligt and will therefore be suspended for the second leg in Turin.

The first Juve chance came on 36 minutes, Gianluigi Donnarumma getting down to parry a Cuadrado angled drive, pushing it away from Paulo Dybala.

Theo Hernandez was booked too for barging over Dybala and will be suspended for the second leg. Kessie was fortunate to avoid punishment for jutting out an elbow on Cuadrado.

Milan 0-0 Juventus (Half-Time)

Milan:G Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic

Juventus:Buffon; De Sciglio, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Ramsey, Pjanic, Matuidi; Cuadrado, Dybala, Ronaldo

Ref:Valeri

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