AS IT HAPPENED: Cristiano Ronaldo's goal gives Juventus Supercoppa Italiana victory over AC Milan in Jeddah

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Juventus win their eighth Italian Super Cup on an historic night in Jeddah. (AFP)
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Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah. (General Sports Authority)
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Cristiano Ronaldo, goalscorer for Juventus, in action in the Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah. (AFP)
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AC Milan's Franck Kessie is shown a red card by the referee after a VAR decision. (AFP)
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Juventus and AC Milan in action in the Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah (AFP)
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Juventus and AC Milan in action in the Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah (General Sports Authority)
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Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) heads the ball ahead of AC Milan's Italian defender Davide Calabria during their Supercoppa Italiana final in Jeddah. (AFP)
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Juventus and AC Milan in action in the Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah (AFP)
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Superstars from other sports even made the journey to Jeddah for tonight's match, here's boxing legend and undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather Jnr. at the ground. (Supplied)
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Fans at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah. (AFP)
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One fan risked it all for a selfie with his hero Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus. (AN/Photo)
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Fans at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah. (AFP)
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Fans arriving at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah. (AN Photo)
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Fans arriving at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah. (AN Photo)
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Fans arriving at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah. (AN Photo)
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Fans arriving at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah. (AN Photo)
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Fans arriving at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah. (AN Photo)
Updated 17 January 2019
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AS IT HAPPENED: Cristiano Ronaldo's goal gives Juventus Supercoppa Italiana victory over AC Milan in Jeddah

  • Serie A champions Juventus and Coppa Italia runners-up AC Milan clashed in Jeddah
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game as the Turin club claimed the trophy

JEDDAH: Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first trophy with Juventus as his decisive header on the 61st minute sinks AC Milan to clinch the Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah. You can read our match report, view our gallery or follow how the action unfolded below. (All times GMT)... 

20:00 - So there we have it, Juventus win their eighth Italian Super Cup on an historic night in Jeddah - worthy winners in the end. 

19:30 - Superstars from other sports even made the journey to Jeddah for tonight's match, here's boxing legend and undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather Jnr. at the ground...

19:25: FULL-TIME - Juventus 1 AC Milan 0 That's it! It's all over in Jeddah, and that man Ronaldo does it again as his goal is enough to secure the Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah tonight...

19:10 RED CARD - Milan's task has just got a whole lot harder as Franck Kessie is shown a red card by the referee after a VAR decision. Big moment - Juventus 1 AC Milan 0 

19:00: As Paulo Dybala has a goal ruled out for offside (another for Juventus...), it's clear the Turin side are well on top now. And even Arab News readers could see this coming...

18:50: GOAL! - Cristiano Ronaldo puts the ball in the back of the net and Juventus lead! Juventus 1 AC Milan 0

18:20: HALF-TIME: Juventus 0 AC Milan 0 - It has been much more Juventus' game than Milan's, but Rossoneri are hanging in there. But they must be expecting an onslaught in the second half...

18:10: Great atmosphere here tonight in Jeddah, the fans have come out in force for these two massive clubs...

18:10: Goal - but no, wait...the linesman's flag is up and it's disallowed for offside. Blaise Matuidi of Juventus looks dejected as his effort is chalked off. Juventus 0 Milan 0

18:00: Ooh, close. Milan are giving as good as they get against their more illustrious rivals - Samu Castillejo side-steps brilliantly before hitting a screamer from mid-range which only rises at the last second to fly just over the bar. Still 0-0.

17:55: Earlier, as the teams were warming up - one fan risked his ticket for a chance of a selfie with his hero Cristiano Ronaldo, and while he was escorted away, it looks like the lucky fan got his wish...

17:50: Good news, Bakayoko appears to be fine - but he was helpless as Joao Cancelo comes within a whisker of giving the Serie A champions the lead, his shot just going a whisker wide of the post...

17:40: An early blow for Milan as it looks like Tiemoue Bakayoko is struggling after getting a knock. For the sake of Milan fans here in the ground, hopefully he can run it off...

17:30: We're underway in the Supercoppa Italiana of 2019 - let battle commence...

17:15: The dressing rooms looking amazing for both teams!

16:45: The players, including Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo and Milan's Gonzalo Higuain arriving at the stadium...

16:30: Fans have been flocking to the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium ahead of this clash of the titans...


Arsenal open US tour with 3-0 friendly win in Colorado

Updated 16 July 2019
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Arsenal open US tour with 3-0 friendly win in Colorado

LOS ANGELES: Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli scored in his Arsenal debut Monday as the English Premier League club launched their pre-season tour of the US with a 3-0 friendly win over the Colorado Rapids.

Bukayo Saka and James Olayinka also scored for the Gunners, who cruised to victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in suburban Denver.

Martinelli, the 18-year-old forward signed from Ituano on July 2, was given a surprise start in attack by Unai Emery and sent an early chance wide.

Saka, 17, was an energetic presence and put Arsenal up 1-0 in the 13th minute as he collected a through-ball from Eddie Nketiah.

Another teenager — 18-year-old Olayinka —  doubled the score in the 29th, seizing a stray pass from defense and racing in to fire into the top left corner of the net.

Martinelli, having missed his early chance, capped the scoring in the 61st when he slotted home a cross from close range.

The Rapids, in the midst of the Major League Soccer season, fielded a mostly reserve side that featured several players from the lower-rung Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Arsenal, too, started a reserve team as they begin their build up to the Premier League season after again failing to secure a Champions League berth.

The tour has not started without controversy. Captain Laurent Koscielny refused to travel to the US, and a group of influential Arsenal supporters’ organizations published a statement on Monday hitting out at Stan Kroenke’s “passive ownership.”

Under a hashtag “WeCareDo You” the statement decried a “soulless” atmosphere at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and a lack of transfer strategy.

Kroenke, who began investing in the club in 2007 through his company Kroenke Sports Enterprises and took full ownership in 2018, also owns the Rapids as well as the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.