It took five years but AC Milan eventually won their first trophy since the Supercoppa Italia in 2011, defeating Juventus after 120 minutes and an emotional penalty shoot out to win that same trophy.
The Rossoneri had some problems during the first 20 minutes of the game with Juventus playing aggressively and forcing them to defend. Gianluigi Donnarumma tried to be the hero, with three huge in the first 10 minutes to keep the match scoreless, but he couldn’t do anything on Giorgio Chiellini’s header off a sweet ball by Miralem Pjanic.
Despite these early struggles, the Rossoneri kept trying and eventually found the way to be more aggressive and shoot towards Gianluigi Buffon. Suso tried to make some plays and Juraj Kucka had two good chances, but it was Giacomo Bonaventura who equalized at 1-1 after 38 minutes.
If the first half was very physical, then the second half was an outright slugfest. Milan dominated the first 15 minutes of the half, but they couldn’t score after the crossbar stopped their best chance from a Romagnoli header. Then the Bianconeri took control of the match again, especially after Paulo Dybala entered the match off the bench.
Donarumma had to show his talent to keep the score at 1-1 after a couple of dangerous Juventus chances while Gabriel Paletta and Alessio Romagnoli did their job to stop their forwards. Both teams kept playing with an incredible intensity even close to the final whistle of regulation, and it was Milan that had the opportunity to win it late. Sadly, Carlos Bacca missed two great chances late in the second half, including one empty-net chance, and the game went to extra time.
Suso and Ignazio Abate continued to take advantage of the huge amount of space that Juventus’ midfielders left after Stefano Sturaro left with an injury, but the Rossoneri couldn’t create any good opportunity. Vincenzo Montella used his last two substitutions to send on the field Luca Antonelli and Gianluca Lapadula in order to take advantage of their physical condition.
It didn’t work, however, with the Bianconeri controlling the entire second half of the extra time and eventually getting the opportunity to close the game with a prime scoring chance of their own — one that Dybala skied well over the bar. After 120 minutes it was still 1-1 and the Supercoppa would end with a penalty shoot out.
At the end, the miss by Mario Mandzukic and Gianluigi Donnarumma’s huge save on Paulo Dybala were crucial, and Mario Pasalic scored the last penalty to win the Supercoppa for Milan, the sixth in the history of the club.
In the end, it was a great team effort and a great win for Milan, and a great way for them to kick off the winter break. Hopefully this will give them some much-needed momentum when the season resumes in January, and this is just the first of many great moments in the months to come.