AC Mi­lan win the Ital­ian Su­per Cup on penal­ties

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AC Mi­lan cel­e­brated wildly af­ter beat­ing Ju­ven­tus to win the Ital­ian Su­per Cup in a penalty shoot-out to win their first tro­phy since 2011 on Fri­day.

Mario Pasilic blasted home the fi­nal spot kick to give AC Mi­lan a 4-3 victory on penal­ties af­ter a hard fought match was locked at 1-1 on 90 min­utes and af­ter ex­tra time in Doha.

Mario Mandzu­kic and Paulo Dy­bala missed their spot kicks for Ju­ven­tus, with Gian­luca La­padula the only Mi­lan player not to con­vert his penalty. It is the sec­ond time Mi­lan have beaten Ju­ven­tus, who lead Se­rie A by four points, this sea­son. In Oc­to­ber, they won 1-0 in the San Siro. A de­lighted Mi­lan coach Vin­cenzo Mon­tella said he hoped the victory would serve as a spring­board for his side.

“I would like to think that this match is the begin­ning of a new era, we would like to con­sider it a start­ing point,” he said.

“I am sure that this win will give us con­fi­dence.” The victory was just about mer­ited by Mi­lan who re­sponded well af­ter early Ju­ven­tus dom­i­nance.

Juve, Ital­ian league and cup dou­ble win­ners last sea­son, had taken the lead in 18th minute af­ter Giorgio Chiellini prod­ded home a Mi­ralem Pjanic cor­ner.

At that stage it was all Ju­ven­tus and it was not un­til the 36th minute that Mi­lan had their first shot on tar­get, a tame ef­fort from mid­fielder Ju­raj Kucka. But they drew level just be­fore half­time when Gi­a­como Bon­aven­tura beau­ti­fully glanced home a Fer­nan­dez Suso cross.

Suso was a con­stant ir­ri­tant to the Juve de­fence and set up sev­eral fine chances in­clud­ing an 83rd minute header for Car­los Bacca, who was de­nied by a great save by ev­er­green Gian­luigi Buf­fon, mak­ing his 600th ap­pear­ance for Ju­ven­tus.

Ro­mag­noli also went close, hit­ting the bar with a header. Ju­ven­tus also had their chances, most notably in ex­tra time. In the 111th minute Pa­trice Evra put the ball in the net only to be ruled off­side, then Dy­bala missed a great chance, spoon­ing a shot over when un­marked from just eight yards with only four min­utes re­main­ing.

A “very an­gry” Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Allegri said he was up­set at the way his team had lost con­trol of the game and be­come ner­vous. “The match started well for us, the first 30 min­utes Ju­ven­tus were at their best,” he said. “We should have been more fo­cused.”

He added that Dy­bala should have scored to­wards the end of ex­tra time. The match, the sec­ond time the Su­per Cup has been played in Qatar, was watched by a near ca­pac­ity crowd of 11,356. — AFP

DOHA: AC Mi­lan team cel­e­brates with the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Ital­ian Su­per Cup soc­cer match be­tween Ju­ven­tus and AC Mi­lan, at the Al Sadd Sports Club in Doha, Qatar, Fri­day. AC Mi­lan won 5-4 fol­low­ing a shootout. — AP

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