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.
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.
Full Time at the King Abdullah Sports City
in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Juventus 1 – 0 AC Milan.
La Vecchia Signora are champions over the Rossoneri in the Italian SuperCoppa Italiana courtesy of a lone goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.https://t.co/wR67n52o8u
— Tùka 🍉⚙ (@TukaLetura) January 16, 2019
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.
WHO ELSE ON A BIG NIGHT? WHO ELSE TO OPEN THE SCORING? CRISTIANO RONALDO FOR JUVENTUS!!!!!!! THE BEST IN THE WORLD!!!!!!1pic.twitter.com/HOPamJ8OCR
— 7. (@FutbolMuu) January 16, 2019
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.
© Agence France-Presse (additional edits from Chris Kelleher)