Even The Greatest Miss: Leonardo Bonucci Defends Cristiano Ronaldo Missing Penalty


The ball stayed in play, and seconds after the miss, the hosts caught another outcome-altering break when Milan forward Ante Rebic was correctly shown a red card for a karate kick-like challenge that left Juve captain Alessio Romagnoli writhing in agony on the turf. Juventus advanced to the final of the Coppa Italia, which will be June 17 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Let me tell that the first leg was a 1-1 draw, but due to scoring more goals, Juventus was able to qualify for the final.

"It was odd and hard at the start, playing in an empty stadium after 90 days away", said Leonardo Bonucci to public broadcaster RAI 1.

The biggest audience before the lockdown was for the first leg of the semi-final which ended 1-1 attracted 8.09 million viewers.

"We've shaken off a dark moment for the whole world".

"I am not a fan, but I am grateful that they are playing soccer".

Ante Rebic was sent off for kicking Juve's Danilo on his chest, forcing the AC Milan to play for more than 70 minutes with 10-men and the Rossoneri greatly missed the services of veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was out with a calf injury.

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"He was unfortunate today and (Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi) Donnarumma did well".

Gazzetta dello Sport and other media said there was a tense meeting between chief executive Ivan Gazidis and the players on Wednesday to discuss a wage reduction related to the stoppage.

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.

Leonardo Bonucci has leapt to the defence of Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese superstar missed a penalty against AC Milan.

However they were sad that matches had to take place without the passionate support that accompanies most matches in Italy. So, luckily it has started again.

"We hope they can continue because it is important", he added.