JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half purpose secured a file eighth Italian Tremendous Cup victory for Juventus as they beat AC Milan 1-zero within the Saudi Arabian metropolis of Jeddah on Wednesday.
The trophy, which was being contested outdoors of Italy for the 10th time, is historically a conflict between the Italian league and cup winners, however Milan certified as Coppa Italia runners-up after Juve clinched the home double final season.
Striker Gonzalo Higuain was dropped to the Milan bench amid media rumours of an imminent transfer to Chelsea, with some pre-match studies suggesting he was battling a fever.
But it was Juve’s Portuguese talisman Ronaldo who once more stole the present with a profitable purpose that sealed the Turin membership’s eighth Supercoppa win to make them the competitors’s most profitable workforce with yet another trophy than Milan.
There have been few clear possibilities in a balanced first half, Ronaldo going closest with an acrobatic volley that bounced off the bottom and skimmed the crossbar earlier than Milan winger Hakan Calhanoglu’s snapshot drew a sensible save from Wojciech Szczesny.
Patrick Cutrone was inches away from placing Milan in entrance when his highly effective shot cannoned again off the crossbar simply three minutes after the break.
However it was Juve who struck first as Ronaldo latched onto Miralem Pjanic’s clipped by means of ball to head previous Gianluigi Donnarumma with simply over an hour performed.
Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso launched Higuain for the ultimate 20 minutes as he seemed for a route again into the sport, however his aspect’s problem petered out after Franck Kessie was despatched off for a stamp on Emre Can following a VAR overview. (Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie Modifying by Toby Davis)