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Sports News of Saturday, 24 December 2016

Source: footballghana.com

Kwadwo Asamoah benched as Milan pip Juve in penalty shootout

Ghanaian midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah was an unused substitute for Juventus as they lost the Italian Super Cup to AC Milan after a 4-3 penalty shootout on Friday night in Doha, Qatar.

Juve used all their substitutes over the 120-minute game but boss Maximiliano Allegri chose Mario Lemina to replace Stefano Sturaro when he tweaked his midfield.

Asamoah watched the entire clash from the sidelines but was on hand to receive his losers medal after the clash.

AC Milan lifted the Italian Super Cup after 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma's save from Paulo Dybala secured the penalty shootout in their favour.

It was the first trophy for Milan since 2011. Mario Pasilic blasted home the final spot kick to give AC Milan a 4-3 victory on penalties after a hard fought 1-1 deadlock after extra time in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala missed their spot kicks for Juventus, with Gianluca Lapadula the only Milan player not to convert his penalty.

It is the second time Milan have beaten Juventus, who lead Serie A by four points, this season. In October, they won 1-0 in the San Siro. Juve, Italian league and cup double winners last season, had taken the lead in the 18th minute after Giorgio Chiellini prodded home a Miralem Pjanic corner.

But Milan drew level just before half-time when Giacomo Bonaventura beautifully glanced home a Fernandez Suso cross. Juventus had chances, most notably in extra time but their failure to make it count took the match to penalties.

Gianluca Lapadula's first penalty for Milan was saved by Buffon. Mandzukic then fired a Juve effort against the crossbar before Donnarumma produced a superb one-handed save to stop their fifth attempt from Dybala. That left Mario Pasalic to convert the winner with ease.