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...


Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool to beware of Bayern Munich ahead of Champions League clash

Updated 19 February 2019
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Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool to beware of Bayern Munich ahead of Champions League clash

  • Reds boss worried about resurgent German giants ahead of second-round first-leg clash.
  • Bayern defender Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are the favorites.

LONDON: Jurgen Klopp has warned his Liverpool side they will have to be at their very best if they are to beat Bayern Munich.
The Reds head into the Champions League clash as slight favorites after months at the top of the Premier League. But having drawn the German giants in the second round, Klopp has told his players they have to keep their feet on the ground worthy could end up out of the competition before it really gets going.
“It’ll be very tough,” there Liverpool manager said.
“(Bayern are) only two points off Dortmund in the domestic league and have been consistent finalists and semifinalists.
“They’re a world class team but at the same time we’re confident we can cause them problems.
“They’ve got world class players so we know how difficult it will be.
“Everyone has to be at 100 percent otherwise we’ll get nothing from the game.
“Having said that we have confidence we have the ability to hurt them, and it’s up to us to show that.”

After a tough start to the season Bayern are up to second in the Bundesliga. 


Liverpool went al the way to the final last year, before losing to Real Madrid. But the momentum created by that surprise run has been maintained in the Premier League and another trip to the Champions League knockout stages.
Bayern currently lie second in the Bundesliga and are starting to look like their old levels agains after a tough start to the season. For Klopp, who managed Dortmund before arriving at Anfield, that could spell trouble for the Reds.
“After six years of pretty much dominating the league it was clear this year was going to be a tougher situation.
“It’s actually still the same, being at the top of the league and still in the last-16 of the Champions League.
“It’s a normal situation with a high quality team.
“Munich’s situation, from my point of view, makes them even more dangerous and even more of a threat from my point of view.
“This is a competition, in Europe, where they always do well.”
For the Germans the role of underdogs suits them perfectly. At least that is according to Joshua Kimmich.
The defender said: “Liverpool are the favorites.
“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”
Before a ball has been kicked Bayern did receive some good news. Winger Franck Ribery was originally left out of the squad to play at Anfield and did not fly with his teammates. But after becoming a father, the Frenchman has now decided to join up with the squad and will be available for selection. One man who definitely will not make the pitch is Jerome Boateng. The central defender is suffering from a stomach virus.
The Bavarians will also have to wait until Tuesdays to determine whether winger Kingsley Coman will be able to play after picking up an ankle injury on Friday.
The Frenchman scored twice but was injured in the final stages of their 3-2 win at Augsburg.

KEY MAN — ROBERTO FIRMINO 

Of Liverpool’s brilliant attacking trio the Brazilian is perhaps the most underrated and important. When he plays well the Reds usually do likewise. He links up the play well, settling up as many goals as he scores. Liverpool will be hoping he turns up with his A-game tonight, because if he does Bayern Munich could be in for a  long night. 

ARAB NEWS PREDICTS

For once Bayern are not having it all their own way in the Bundesliga. But they are improving and giving Borussia Dortmund something to think about in the race for the title. But home advantage will be key and a resurgent Reds will prove too strong for a Bayern defence that has, on occasions this campaign, looked less than watertight. The only question is can Liverpool get a decisive lead and put the tie to bed before the second leg?