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2018 Supercoppa Italiana
Super coppa
Report
EventSupercoppa Italiana
Date16 January 2019
VenueKing Abdullah Sports City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
RefereeLuca Banti
Attendance61,235
2017
2019

The 2018 Supercoppa Italiana was the 31st edition of the Supercoppa Italiana, the Italian football super cup. It was played on 16 January 2019 at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. With Juventus winning both the 2017–18 Serie A championship and the 2017–18 Coppa Italia, the game was played between Juventus and the 2017–18 Coppa Italia runners-up, Milan.

This was the third meeting between the two teams in the Supercoppa Italiana. Juventus won the first meeting in 2003 in East Rutherford, New Jersey on penalties, and Milan returned the favour, also on penalties in 2016 in Qatar. Both teams before the match had a record seven Supercoppa titles. Saudi Arabia became the sixth different country to host a Supercoppa Italiana. Juventus won the match, with the only goal coming from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 61st minute; Juventus became the first club to win eight Supercoppa Italiana titles.

Match

Details

16 January 2019
20:30 AST
Juventus 1–0 Milan King Abdullah Sports City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Attendance: 61,235
Referee: Luca Banti
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Juventus
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Milan
GK 1 Flag of Poland Wojciech Szczęsny
RB 20Flag of Portugal João Cancelo
CB 19Flag of Italy Leonardo Bonucci
CB 3 Flag of Italy Giorgio Chiellini (c)
LB 12Brazil Alex Sandro Yellow card 26'
CM 30Flag of Uruguay Rodrigo Bentancur Sub off 86'
CM 5 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Miralem Pjanić Yellow card 44' Sub off 64'
CM 14Flag of France Blaise Matuidi
RW 10Flag of Argentina Paulo Dybala Yellow card 90+4'
CF 7 Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
LW 11Brazil Douglas Costa Sub off 89'
Substitutes:
GK 21Flag of Italy Carlo Pinsoglio
GK 22Flag of Italy Mattia Perin
GK 32Flag of Italy Mattia Del Favero
DF 2 Flag of Italy Mattia De Sciglio
DF 24Flag of Italy Daniele Rugani
DF 37Flag of Italy Leonardo Spinazzola
MF 6 Germany Sami Khedira Sub on 89'
MF 23Germany Emre Can Sub on 64'
FW 18Flag of Italy Moise Kean
FW 33Flag of Italy Federico Bernardeschi Sub on 86'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Massimiliano Allegri
Juventus vs Milan 2019-01-16
GK 99Flag of Italy Gianluigi Donnarumma
RB 2 Flag of Italy Davide Calabria Yellow card 82'
CB 17Flag of Colombia Cristián Zapata
CB 13Flag of Italy Alessio Romagnoli (c) Yellow card 74'
LB 68Switzerland Ricardo Rodríguez Yellow card 87'
CM 79Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Franck Kessié Red card 74'
CM 14Flag of France Tiémoué Bakayoko
CM 39Brazil Lucas Paquetá Sub off 71'
RW 7 Flag of Spain Samu Castillejo Yellow card 45+2' Sub off 71'
CF 63Flag of Italy Patrick Cutrone Sub off 79'
LW 10Flag of Turkey Hakan Çalhanoğlu Yellow card 21'
Substitutes:
GK 25Flag of Spain Pepe Reina
GK 90Flag of Italy Antonio Donnarumma
DF 12Flag of Italy Andrea Conti Sub on 79'
DF 20Flag of Italy Ignazio Abate
DF 22Flag of Argentina Mateo Musacchio
DF 23Croatia Ivan Strinić
DF 93Flag of Uruguay Diego Laxalt
MF 4 Flag of Italy José Mauri
MF 16Flag of Italy Andrea Bertolacci
MF 18Flag of Italy Riccardo Montolivo
FW 9 Flag of Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín Sub on 71'
FW 11Flag of Italy Fabio Borini Sub on 71'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Gennaro Gattuso

Assistant referees:
Fabiano Preti
Matteo Passeri
Fourth official:
Marco Di Bello
Reserve assistant referee:
Daniele Bindoni
Video assistant referee:
Marco Guida
Assistant video assistant referees:
Gianluca Vuoto

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Twelve named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

Controversy

Following the murder of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Turkey in October 2018, activists and humanitarian associations including Amnesty International have appealed to both the finalist teams and Lega Serie A for the match not to be played in Saudi Arabia. Amnesty International indicated the event as an attempt to "rebrand" its tarnished image, known as "sportswashing".

Matteo Salvini, the deputy prime minister of Italy, also labelled the decision to play the match in Saudi Arabia as "disgusting" due to laws regarding women attending the match. Laura Boldrini stated that "the lords of football should not be allowed to trade women's rights." President of Lega Serie A Gaetano Micciché noted progress compared to a year ago when no women at all were allowed in the stadium. Women will only be allowed in one section of the stadium, which comprises around 15 percent of the 60,000 seats, and will not be allowed to sit elsewhere in the stadium. However, Micciché has defended the decision to host the Supercoppa in Saudi Arabia stating that this will help to promote the Italian game to a worldwide audience. He also said that women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to attend matches since January 2018, adding that women will be able to sit in family area.

beIN Sports, a Qatar-based television network that owns exclusive rights in the Middle East to several major sporting events, urged the Lega Serie A to relocate the match on the grounds that Saudi Arabia allegedly condones digital piracy, referring to the Saudi-based beoutQ network which illegally streams content from beIN Sports. The network also cited similar calls to relocate the match made by human rights activists. However, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of commerce and investment has persistently taken a solid stance on protecting intellectual property (IP) rights where the Ministry seized thousands of set-top boxes used by BeoutQ to illegally broadcasting beIN's contents. Moreover, Ministry of Media welcomed the announcement the International Football Federation (FIFA) on taking legal action in Saudi Arabia to combat the pirate beoutQ that is also available in other nations in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), including Qatar and Eastern Europe.

See also

Supercoppa Italiana finals

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