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90' + 4'
P. Dybala
Yellow Card
87'
R. Rodríguez
Yellow Card
82'
D. Calabria
Yellow Card
73'
F. Kessié
Red Card
61'
Cristiano Ronaldo
M. Pjanić
1 - 0

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Possession
61% 38%
8
5
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 1
Total Passes 622 384
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Juventus win a record eighth Italian Super Cup title courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo's 61st-minute header, as the Portugal international wins his first trophy with the club. Ronaldo's opener came not too long after Patrick Cutrone was denied the breakthrough for AC Milan by the crossbar, as the Rossoneri's comeback hopes were minimised following Franck Kessie's red card with just over 15 minutes to play.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: JUVENTUS 1-0 AC MILAN.
P. Dybala
Yellow Card
90' + 4' Dybala tugs back on the shirt of Higuain, and that will see him into the book. Time is really winding down for Milan, who need to get the ball up the pitch in a hurry.
90' + 3' Milan are throwing everyone and everything forward in a desperate search for an equaliser, but Juventus aren't showing any signs of cracking in defence. There's plenty of black and white shirts back to deal with the balls over the top, as nothing is finding its way through to Szczesny.
90' + 1' CRUCIAL SAVE! Milan still in this with a feint chance as Donnarumma gets down really well to thwart Ronaldo's low strike from 20 yards! Can Milan find an equaliser? They have four minutes left...
90' There will be a minimum of five minutes added on at the end of this match.
S. Khedira
Douglas Costa
89' Costa ran himself into the ground tonight and that foul from Rodriguez finally did him in. After receiving a bit of attention from the training staff, he gives way for Khedira as Juventus bulk up their midfield for the final minutes.
R. Rodríguez
Yellow Card
87' Juventus break quickly following the Can tackle, and Rodriguez is booked for a cynical foul on Costa to stop a break.
87' TERRIFIC CHALLENGE! A delightful low cross in from Calhanoglu leads to a chance for Conti at the near post, but Can intervenes quite spectacularly with a challenge to break up the chance!
F. Bernardeschi
R. Bentancur
86' Bernardeschi is introduced for the final minutes for Juventus as he replaces Bentancur.
84' Kessie has seen red for the first time in 102 matches with Milan, dating back to his sending off against Crotone in September 2016.
D. Calabria
Yellow Card
82' Costa has been a handful all night, and he continues to impress late on, showing no signs of fatigue. Another delightful run sees him evade a few defenders before being taken to ground by Calabria, who sees yellow for the challenge.
A. Conti
P. Cutrone
80' Cutrone's night is over for Milan as he's withdrawn for the final 10 minutes, with Conti taking his place as Gattuso opts for another body in defence.
79' A deflected cross forces Donnarruma into an awkward save at his near post, as Juventus continue to apply the pressure. An inviting throughball from Bonucci moments later threatens to play Ronaldo through, but the forward is flagged offside.
77' Milan find themselves under the cosh now as Juventus have put a stranglehold on this match. They're in complete control in possession, working the ball around in the final third in search of the second goal they crave to put this match to bed.
75' Juventus have won each of their last six matches against Milan across all competitions, scoring at least twice in each of those victories.
A. Romagnoli
Yellow Card
74' Yellow card Alessio Romagnoli
F. Kessié
Red Card
73' KESSIE IS OFF! Following a VAR check, the referee determines the challenge warrants a red card! Milan are down to 10 men and they have a big hill to climb now!
73' Kessie becomes the fifth player booked in this match, and the third from Milan, as he sees yellow for a late challenge on Can. That was reckless from the midfielder, who got his studs into the shin of the Juventus substitute. The referee is being prompted to take another look at this as well, as he heads to the touchline for a check with VAR.
F. Borini
Lucas Paquetá
71' Borini is also introduced in the hopes of bolstering a suddenly stale Milan attack, as he comes on at the expense of Paqueta.
G. Higuaín
Samu Castillejo
71' With 20 minutes to play Milan turn to Higuain off the bench in the hopes of finding an equaliser. The striker is on to partner Cutrone up top, replacing Castillejo.
68' MASSIVE LET-OFF! The fireworks go off behind the Milan goal as Dybala slots home from eight yards on the end of Matuidi's assist, but the offside flag is raised as the midfielder strayed behind the defence as the ball was played through to him in the build-up!
67' Juventus have snatched this match by the horns as they appear in complete control at the moment, passing it around comfortably in the attacking half as they keep Milan at arm's length. It might be time for the Rossoneri to make a change and inject a bit of life in the side.
E. Can
M. Pjanić
65' The first change of the match sees Juventus introduce Can in midfield at the expense of Pjanic.
63' Juventus have kept three clean sheets in their last four matches against Milan across all competitions.
M. Pjanić
Assist
61' The absolute perfect delivery there from Pjanic, who cushioned that delivery onto the head of Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Goal
61' JUVENTUS BREAK THE DEADLOCK! 1-0! This comes with a hint of controvery as Ronaldo may have drifted into an offside position when Pjanic's cross came in, but the flag says down and Ronaldo heads home to give Juventus the lead!
60' Calhanoglu is the latest to test his luck from distance, unloading a venomous low strike from 25 yards, but it drifts beyond the far post. Chances are coming furiously at both ends, but still we await the opener.
58' Donnarumma is called into action as Ronaldo tests him for the first time, cutting inside from the left and bending an effort at goal, but it's straight at the Milan keeper in the end. Ronaldo would have expected to do a bit better with the end product there.
56' Milan enjoy a good spell in possession as they work the ball around in attack awaiting an opening, but the opening never comes as Castillejo and Paqueta both see shots blocked from outside the box.
54' Not far away! Costa again works his way into space on the right flank, before cutting onto his left and bending a threatening cross in. It runs through everyone and beyond the reach of Donnarumma, but bounces wide of the far post as no one can get the decisive touch.
52' Excluding extra-time, Milan have scored just three goals in their last seven matches across all competitions.
50' The pace has certainly picked up where it left off at the end of the first half, with both sides looking very energetic out of the break. Each have adopted a bit of urgency as well in possession.
48' HOW UNLUCKY! A hint of luck in the build-up as Ronaldo puts in a challenge and inadvertently knocks the ball straight to Cutrone in the penalty area. The striker turns and unloads a ferocious effort at goal, but it smacks off the underside of the bar and stays out!
46' Back underway in Jeddah!
While there have been no goals there has been four bookings, and no love lost between these two giants of Italian football. You can see just how much these sides want it by the intensity of the challenges being put in, and with both looking a threat, it really is perfectly poised ahead of the final 45 minutes.
It remains goalless through 45 minutes in Jeddah at the end of a fiercely contested first half between Juventus and Milan. Both sides have had their chances, with Douglas Costa and Hakan Calhanoglu coming closest to opening the score in what has been a very physical half of football.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: JUVENTUS 0-0 AC MILAN.
Samu Castillejo
Yellow Card
45' + 2' Castillejo has been testing the referee's patience and finally sees yellow right on the stroke of half-time as he's punished for a foul on Matuidi.
45' BIG SAVE! The best chance of the half for Milan comes right at the end of it as Calhanoglu unloads a fierce effort from 20 yards, stinging the palms of Szczesny, but the keeper is up to the task!
M. Pjanić
Yellow Card
44' A second booking of the half for Juventus as Pjanic sees yellow for a dangerous foul on Calhanoglu, sliding in with two feet and taking the Milan attacker to ground.
42' OH SO CLOSE! Ronaldo shows off his athleticism as he acrobatically meets a cross from Sandro, flying through the air to bounce a volley at goal, but it lifts just over the bar!
40' That final ball has just been lacking for Juventus in this first half. They've had an abundance of opportunities on the break or from set-pieces, but Milan have always been up to the task in defence. Another free-kick opportunity presnts itself as Sandro is fouled on the flank by Castillejo, but the ensuing delivery is dealt with.
38' Juventus are making a joint-record seventh successive appearance in the Italian Super Cup (level with Inter, 2005-2011).
36' Costa has been a consistent threat throughout the first half for Juventus and he looks the likeliest to help Juventus find an opener. Another dazzling run down the right flank sees him into space, and he picks out a lovely pull-back for Pjanic, but the midfielder lifts his first-time effort harmlessly over the bar.
34' NO GOAL! Juventus' celebrations are cut short as Matuidi has the ball in the back of the net on the end of a lovely throughball from Costa, but the offside flag is raised! It's clearly the correct decision from the linesman, as Matuidi was a good yards behind the defence when that ball was played through.
32' A rough couple of minutes for Chiellini! The centre-half uncharacteristically sprints up the pitch to join a dangerous counter for Juventus and finds himself on the end of a pull-back, but rather unsurprisingly skies his effort from just over 20 yards. Pressure is back on Milan moments later as Juventus win a corner, but Chiellini is penalised for a foul in the penalty area.
30' Wild scramble! A threatening counter leads to a Milan corner, and Juventus don't convincingly deal with the ensuing delivery as it leads to a goal-mouth scramble, but no one from Milan can get a touch to it as the Bianconeri eventually clear their lines.
28' Juventus have scored at least a goal in all 26 of their competitive matches this season.
Alex Sandro
Yellow Card
26' This time Castillejo is on the receiving end of a hard challenge deep in his own end, as Sandro slides in late in an attempt to win the ball back high up the pitch. That sees the Juventus full-back into the book.
25' The match is really livening up again as both sides are showing a bit more urgency on the ball, keen to open the scoring. That being said, in the previous two Super Cup finals between these two sides, the one to score the game's first goal went on to lose on penalties on both occasions.
23' Two chances for Milan, but they amount to nothing! First Szczesny fails to deal with a free-kick in from the left, but Bakayoko can't sort out his footing to convert at the far post. Pressure stays on and Castillejo is presented with a shooting chance, but he flashes an effort harmlessly over the bar from 25 yards.
H. Çalhanoğlu
Yellow Card
21' The first yellow of the match is shown to Calhanoglu, as he arrives late and stomps on the foot of Bentancur in midfield. It's a bit harsh on Calhanoglu, given Bentancur escaped a booking for a similar challenge earlier in the match.
19' Castillejo is forced to track back and put in some defensive work, but he's clearly out of his depth up against Dybala, as he's forced to put in a hard and cynical challenge out on the flank to deny the striker a way through. The ensuing free-kick comes in a dangerous position, but Milan are able to clear their lines.
17' NARROWLY WIDE! Another big chance for Juventus and Costa is at the heart of it again. This time he turns provider, linking up encouragingly with Cancelo as he tees the full-back up for a strike from 15 yards, but Cancelo just drags it beyond the far post with Donnarumma beaten!
15' Juventus respond with a good spell of their own, patiently and confidently working the ball around in the attacking half as they keep Milan at arm's length. There's not much urgency to Juventus in possession, however.
13' Milan are enjoying a good period of pressure here as they have Juventus hemmed deep in their end. Calhanoglu lifts a decent effort a few yards over the bar, but the Rossoneri win the ball back straight away and once again set up camp in and around the final third.
11' Following a lengthy delay, Bakayoko is able to briskly jog off the pitch under his own power. It looks as though he should be fine to continue, as Gattuso breathes a sigh of relief.
9' Bakayoko requires attention from the training staff as he goes down hard and immediately clutches his right leg following a late challenge from Bentancur. The midfielder appears to be in a lot of pain as he's still down and being tended to.
7' This is the third meeting between the two sides in the Super Cup final. Milan won the 2016 final on penalties, while Juventus won in 2003, also on penalties.
5' Juventus are starting to settle in and assert their influence, enjoying more and more possession, but there's been quite the lively tempo through these opening stages. Milan are keen to get forward with pace when they win possession.
3' INCHES WIDE! Milan have made a lively start, but it's Juventus who nearly open the scoring! A clever passage down the right flank leads to a chance for Costa, who opens up and tries to bend one it at the far post. He has Donnarumma beaten, but just can't hit the target!
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! AC Milan, in their red and black stripes, get the match underway, with Juventus in white and black.
SUBS: Antonio Donnarumma, Ignazio Abate, Andrea Conti, Diego Laxalt, Mateo Musacchio, Ivan Strinic, Andrea Bertolacci, Jose Mauri, Riccardo Montolivo, Fabio Borini, Gonzalo Higuain.
MILAN (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Cristian Zapata, Alessio Romagnoli, Ricardo Rodriguez; Franck Kessie, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Lucas Paqueta; Samu Castillejo, Hakan Calhanoglu, Patrick Cutrone.
SUBS: Mattia Perin, Carlo Pinsoglio, Mattia Del Favero, Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Spinazzola, Emre Can, Sami Khedira, Federico Bernardeschi, Moise Kean.
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Joao Cancelo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Rodrigo Bentancur, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Patrick Cutrone was the extra-time hero off the bench for Milan in their Coppa Italia victory at Sampdoria at the weekend, and the striker is rewarded with a starting spot today as Gennaro Gattuso makes three changes from that match. Gianluigi Donnarumma and Davide Calabria are also restored, while Lucas Paqueta keeps his place in the XI. Gonzalo Higuain has been the subject of much speculation, and he is limited to a place on the bench for the final.
Massimiliano Allegri makes seven changes from the Coppa Italia victory at the weekend, after resting many of his regulars in Bologna. Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala are restored, while Douglas Costa keeps his place in attack. Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi join Miralem Pjanic in midfield, while Joao Cancelo and Alex Sandro are preferred at full-back.
Victory would go a long way in alleviating some of the pressure on Gattuso and building the confidence in this Milan squad, though it will be no easy task with a motivated Cristiano Ronaldo hoping to win his first trophy since joining Juventus in the summer.
While their head-to-head history suggests a close contest, recent form might suggest otherwise. While Juventus look unstoppable domestically, Milan have stumbled as the pressure mounts on coach Gennaro Gattuso.
Italy’s two most successful clubs are set to meet in Saudi Arabia’s port city, with Juventus hoping to build on their record eight Super Cup titles as they clash for the third time with Milan in the final.
Juventus booked their place in the final by virtue of winning both Serie A and the Coppa Italia, meaning Milan were granted the second spot in the final as runners-up of the 2017-18 Italian domestic cup competition.
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