Juventus reached the final of the Italian Cup thanks to a goalless draw with AC Milan in Turin. The meeting was memorable for the first half year penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and a flagrant foul Ante Rebić, for which he received a red card. Take Daniel Olmo brought “Leipzig” three points in the match with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. “Valencia” Denis Cheryshev missed the victory over Levante in the eighth minute of added time in the championship game of Spain. RT talks about the most interesting events of Friday in European football.
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The winning draw with Juventus
Big football has officially returned to Italy. Four months have passed since then, as in the national Cup were played the first semi-final match, and only now decided one of the two finalists of the tournament. They became “Juventus”, which for output, a crucial stage was enough to play in the goalless draw with AC Milan.
In February the team was leaving the world, but the advantage due to the away goal was for Juventus. His scored from the penalty spot Cristiano Ronaldo in added time of the match.
This time the sloppy play of the hand Andrea Canti on the 16-th minute of the match led to the fact that Ronaldo once again received the right to fulfill a penalty. But the Portuguese for the first time in almost a year and a half have failed to implement it. The forward hit the right post after the ball took possession of the guests. However, the joy of the fans of “Milan” was short-lived. As soon as the meeting continued as Ante Rebić suddenly played a straight leg against Danilo. Horvath immediately received a red card and left his team in the minority.
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Ronaldo scored a few more missed chances before the wards Maurizio Sarri moved the game to keep the score, the more that goalless draw them completely satisfied. Guests also due to the removal of Rebeca really showed nothing in attack.
Take Olmo envy Werner
Recently, the “Leipzig” is mentioned in the news in connection with successful performances in the championship of Germany, but because their leader Timo Werner. The author of 25 goals in the Bundesliga this season, as reported by the media, plans to pursue a career in “Chelsea”. However, the deal on his move has not yet been formalized.
However, wards of Julian Nagelsen already able to cope without Werner, who in the match against Hoffenheim either missed the target or hit the goalkeeper. Guests started the game nervous: in the beginning they were going to miss the penalty, but the replay overturned the initial decision of the arbitrator. And then showed great Daniel Olmo. The Spanish midfielder to the 12-th minute managed to draw a double, scoring two similar goals after assists from the right flank. Subsequently, this brought the “Leipzig” victory, so necessary in the fight for a place in the Champions League, and now its backlog from Borussia Dortmund is only one point.
Unsuccessful restart “Getafe”
The first post-hiatus tour in the Spanish League continued with the match, “Granada” and “Getafe”. For guests, this game was important from the point of view of struggle for an exit in the Champions League. Before the pause they climbed unusually high for a fourth place and now had to try to save it.
Getafe opened the scoring in the 20th minute, taking advantage of a mistake in the visitors defense, which did not prevent David Timor to complete the scoring attack. But to develop success, the guests could not. After the break, the Granada looked fresh and managed not only to win, but to come forward. The hero of the match was Carlos Fernandez. First, the Spanish striker slotted home a cross from a free kick, while nine minutes later finished off the ball after own shot.
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Granada have won a victory and came close to seventh spot, which can still bring a place in the Europa League. Getafe also risks to depart from the first four, so how close are real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid that their matches of the 28th round will play later.
Lost victory Cheryshev
The Saturday program of the championship of Spain has closed the Valencia Derby. In the last five matches between Valencia and Levante necessarily pleasing to the goals of their fans. After a break because of the pandemic, the team did not change the tradition and scored a goal in the very end of the meeting.
Levante’s had every chance to upset the home side long before the final whistle. First, due to injury could not play their pillar of defense Ezequiel Garay. Second, the match was played without spectators, and, as past experience has shown Valencia in the Champions League, it is difficult to resist without full stands. But guests occupying 13th place in the standings, simply lacked the class to take the problems of his countrymen. In addition, on 74 minutes, Levante remained in the minority for a second yellow card Roher Marty.
“Valencia” from time to time, there were dangerous moments at another’s gate, but for a long time they were not implemented. The most promising was a blow to Carlos Solera the crossbar from seven metres. Have influence on the game his team could Denis Cheryshev — the resumption of the championship of Spain it came up completely healthy, but the Russians appeared on the field only in the 87th minute. But since its release, the defense of “Levante” suddenly opened up and allowed Rodrigo with one touch to the ball just wide of the post.
However, the guests managed to escape in stoppage time. At the last moment the defender of “Valencia” Muktar of Jacobi booked for a foul on Ruben being taken, and the replay showed that the foul occurred inside the penalty area. Gonzalo Melero already on the eighth minute of added able accurate from the penalty spot to record a draw in the Valencian Derby.