Juventus beat Milan to Supercoppa Italiana after Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal


    Juventus 1-0 Milan (Ronaldo 61) 
    • Gonzalo Higuain, linked with Chelsea, comes on for Milan

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal secured the Supercoppa Italiana for Juventus after a 1-0 win over 10-man Milan. The Portugal international struck with a second-half header as Juventus, runners-up in the previous two seasons, got their hands on the trophy for the first time since 2015. It was also a first piece of silverware for Ronaldo since he swapped Real Madrid for Juventus last summer.

    Juve dominated the first half with Douglas Costa firing a shot across goal and narrowly wide before João Cancelo also missed the target.

    Blaise Matuidi had the ball in the net just after the half-hour mark but was judged to be offside. Ronaldo’s first opportunity arrived three minutes before the interval: his attempted scissor kick crashed into the turf before bouncing over the crossbar.

    READ ALSO  Cristiano Ronaldo shows off £1.85million wristwatch made with 424 glistening white diamonds as he returns to Manchester United (Photos)

    Juventus were almost caught out just before half-time when Hakan Calhanoglu’s snap-shot forced a smart save from Wojciech Szczesny.

    Shortly after the break Milan’s Patrick Cutrone’s fierce shot beat Szczesny but crashed back off the crossbar.

    After an hour, Ronaldo ghosted beyond the Milan backline and glanced Miralem Pjanic’s ball past Gianluigi Donnarumma.

    Paulo Dybala thought he had scored a spectacular second after a series of one-twos with Matuidi sliced open the Milan defence but once again an offside flag cut the celebrations short.

    Gonzalo Higuaín, heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this month, came on as a substitute for Milan but their task got harder in the 73rd minute when Franck Kessie was sent off for a nasty foul on Emre Can.

    READ ALSO  Ballon d’Or 2018: Luka Modric beats Messi-Ronaldo duopoly to win prestigious award (Photo)

    Milan felt they should have had a late penalty when Can caught Andrea Conti in the area but the referee waved play on.