Goalless draw sees Juventus through to final as Italian football resumes

Portuguese forward for Torino's Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo addressed his fans before the restart of the season that had been discontinued due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ronaldo hit the woodwork with the resulting spot-kick, but while that should have been a reprieve for the away side, they found themselves a man down seconds later when Ante Rebic kicked Danilo in the head. Napoli take a 1-0 lead into their home second leg on Saturday.

The Italian champions scraped into the Coppa Italia thanks to their away goal in the first leg, but it could have been a smoother ride had Ronaldo converted his penalty in the first half.

"Clearly after three months, getting back to the touchline and seeing the teams out there is a good feeling, even if it's not the same without the supporters", Sarri told Rai Sport.

David Ospina's howler allowed Christian Eriksen to score directly from a corner, but he proved crucial as Napoli beat Inter 2-1 on aggregate with a record-breaking Dries Mertens goal, so will face Juventus in the Coppa Italia Final.

With both sides looking somewhat exhausted after three months without a competitive match, Simon Kjaer showed timely alertness to divert a cross away from the lurking Matthijs de Ligt before heading a half-chance wide at the other end from a free-kick.

Unfortunately, the Napoli vs Inter Milan, Coppa Italia live telecast won't be telecasted in India. The match will be played in Rome on Wednesday, June 17.

Both teams held a minute's silence before kick-off for those who lost their lives to the virus before breaking out into applause for healthcare workers, three of whom were stood in the centre circle.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action, although Milan stepped up their efforts as the game progressed without creating many openings.

FC Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo (C) vies with AC Milan's Luca Paqueta (R) during the second leg of semi-final Italy Cup football match between FC Juventus and AC Milan.


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