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Donnarumma helps Milan beat Juventus on penalties

Serie A By: Jide Alaka | 23/12/2016


AC Milan won their first trophy since 2011 when they beat Juventus 4-3 on penalties in the Italian Super Cup, that was played in Doha, Qatar on Friday.


And it was 17-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma who was the Milan saviour, as he got the better of Juventus legend, Gianluigi Buffon, who was making his 600th appearance for the Old Lady.


Buffon saved the first penalty from Gianluca Lapadula but Donnarumma ensured his side would win when he saved Paolo Dybala’s last penalty and Mario Pasalic made certain as he dispatched Milan’s kick beyond Buffon.


It was a cruel blow for the Argentine forward, who came on as a substitute in the second half for Miralem Pjanic, and missed a sitter in the box with just less than a minute to the end of extra time.


Juventus scored first through Giorgio Chiellini but Giacomo Bonaventura equalised with a glancing header in the first half of a thoroughly entertaining match that ebbed and flowed.


The Old Lady would feel hard done by because there was a shout for a penalty on the dot of extra time when Luca Antonelli used his left hand to knock down Patrice Evra’s cross.


Milan had the better chances, especially in the second half where Carlos Bacca spurned two glorious chances. First, he headed down when he should have headed straight and then he tried to control when a first time was needed with Buffon out of the goal.