Ronaldo goal wins Italian Supercup for Juventus: "This is only the start"

Tanya Simon
January 20, 2019

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has developed into a "perfect machine", says to AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso ahead of the Italian Supercoppa on Wednesday in Doha.

Meanwhile, Atalanta left it late to win at Cagliari 2-0 on Monday to set up an Italian Cup quarter-final against Juventus.

Ronaldo's goal - his 16th of the season in all competitions - was enough to see Juventus, runners-up in the previous two seasons, get their hands on the trophy.

Shortly after the break Milan's Patrick Cutrone's fierce shot beat Szczesny but crashed back off the crossbar.

"I'm very happy, it was what I wanted, I'm very happy to have won my first title with Juventus", Ronaldo said. But it is only the start, we will take it one step at a time.

Human rights and other issues have overshadowed the buildup, with Amnesty International urging both teams to shun the match over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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Italian football league president Gaetano Micciche hailed the match as a success, with reports there were up to 15 000 women among the 62 000 crowd in the stadium.

It is believed that the Blues are chasing a deal for the former Real Madrid striker as they look to add more firepower to their attacking options.

"We played well, created a lot of chances and obviously I am happy to have scored the winning goal", said Ronaldo, who had earlier gone close with a scissors kick in the first half.

"Until past year, women [in Saudi Arabia] could not attend any sporting event", he said.

Gattuso was asked after the game whether it would be Higuain's last appearance for the club and the Italian hinted the Argentine's future will be concluded tomorrow.

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