- Cristiano Ronaldo just scored a winning header after a run that was timed so well, it could have been flagged for offside had he accelerated any sooner.
- Ronaldo’s goal was the only one in Wednesday’s game, as Juventus FC beat AC Milan 1-0 to lift the Supercoppa Italiana in Saudi Arabia.
- The victory yielded Ronaldo his first trophy as a Juventus player, but the odds are it won’t be his last.
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s 61st minute goal was enough to settle Wednesday’s Supercoppa Italiana against AC Milan, winning the striker the first Italian trophy of his career.
The Italian Super Cup, a single-game tournament, pits the winners of the Serie A and the Coppa Italia from the previous season against each other.
As Juventus won both tournaments, the 2018 Coppa Italia runner-up, Milan, stepped-in to complete this week’s fixture at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The match itself was rather poor, void of any real moments aside from one – Ronaldo’s. Midway through the second half the Portuguese athlete capitalised on Miralem Pjanić’s lazered pass over the top of Milan’s defence and into the six-yard box.
Ronaldo, hovering just inside the penalty box, timed his run to perfection as he evaded his man marker, leaped into the air, and powered a header into the goal – 1-0.
Here’s a breakdown of the goal:
Watch the goal here:
Ronaldo with the header!
Juve up 1-0 in the Italian Supercoppa. pic.twitter.com/gRUsFgCJ8a
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 16, 2019
Juventus take the lead in the Italian Supercup… And guess who scored?
Cristiano Ronaldo finishes from close-range after a sublime Miralem Pjanic pass ???? pic.twitter.com/ITRyrkiAqy
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 16, 2019
Had Ronaldo accelerated a moment sooner, his run would no doubt have been flagged offside. But, alas, it wasn’t, his goal was allowed, and it was the only goal of the game.
The victory yielded Ronaldo his first trophy as a Juventus player, but with the club contesting a Coppa Italia quarter-final later this month, and sitting comfortably atop the Serie A with a seven point lead, the chances are it won’t be his last.
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