Juventus, Ronaldo win Italian Super Cup

by Samuel Abasi Posted on January 18th, 2019

Jeddah: Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal to hand Juventus their first trophy of the season with a 1-0 win over ten-man AC Milan in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia.

In the fourth minute, Douglas Costa fired with his left foot before Cancelo fired just wide across goal in the 24th minute, interspersed by an inaccurate Calhanoglu effort. In the 24th minute, Castillejo had a go but couldn’t keep it on target.

In the 34th minute, a Matuidi goal was disallowed for offside. It was an open game and Ronaldo fired narrowly over in the 43rd minute with an acrobatic effort. In the 45th minute, a powerful low strike from Calhanoglu forced a save from Szczesny.

Just after the break, Cutrone almost broke the deadlock for the Rossoneri as his left-footed effort struck the crossbar. Both sides upped the tempo. In the 59th minute, Donnarumma made a save on Ronaldo while Calhanoglu shot wide in the 60th minute from the edge of the area.

Juventus took the lead in the 61st minute, Pjanic delivered a cross for Ronaldo who headed the ball past Gigio and scored. In the 68th minute, a Dybala goal was chalked off for offside.

In the 73rd minute, the Diavolo went down to ten men after Kessie was shown a straight red card following a VAR check and that appeared to be the key moment that extinguished all hope. In the 91st minute, Donnarumma saved a shot by Ronaldo and that was quickly followed by the final whistle.

Ronaldo signed by the Italian giants last year from Real Madrid as they target a first Champions League title since 1996 headed in a 61st-minute winner.

AC Milan played the last quarter of an hour a man down after Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie saw red for a bad tackle on Emre Can.

The match had been overshadowed by controversy with calls for it to be relocated over human rights issues in Saudi Arabia with women only allowed to attend the game if they were accompanied by a man.

According to media reports, there were 15,000 women among the 61,000 crowd in the stadium.

Juventus have now won the title a record eight times, while AC Milan have won seven.

It was second time that Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has lifted the trophy, having lost to AC Milan in 2016 and Lazio last year.

JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur (86′ Bernardeschi), Pjanic (65′ Emre Can), Matuidi; Douglas Costa (90′ Khedira), Dybala, Ronaldo. Subs: Perin, Pinsoglio, Del Favero; De Sciglio, Rugani, Spinazzola; Kean. Coach: Allegri.

AC MILAN (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Calabria, Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie, Bakayoko, Paquetá (70′ Higuain); Castillejo (71′ Borini), Cutrone (79′ Conti), Calhanoglu. Subs: Reina, Donnarumma A.; Abate, Laxalt, Musacchio, Strinic; Bertolacci, Mauri, Montolivo. Coach: Gattuso.

Referee: Luca Banti from Livorno.
Goals: 61′ Ronaldo (J).
Booked: 21′ Calhanoglu (M), 26′ Alex Sandro (J), 44′ Pjanic (J), 47′ Castillejo (M), 82′ Calabria (M), 87′ Rodriguez (M), 94′ Dybala (J), 95′ Romagnoli (M).
Sent off: 73′ Kessie (M).

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