Player ratings as Juve win Supercoppa Italiana
Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time top scorer in football history as Juventus won the Supercoppa Italiana on Wednesday night.
After a lukewarm – really, really, lukewarm – in the first half, the game finally came to life in the 65th minute when Ronaldo grabbed a loose ball in the six-yard penalty area to bring home his 760th career goal.
Juve dominated afterwards until an awkward challenge from Weston McKennie on Dries Mertens gave Napoli a chance to draw. And it was a chance that Lorenzo Insigne did not take, because he completed his penalty well (welllllll) wide of the post.
As Napoli advanced in search of the equalizer in the dying embers of the match, La Vecchia Signora grabbed a second via Alvaro Morata and a swift counterattack.
Here are the player ratings.
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – 0/10 – Probably made the best save of the season so far to deny Hirving Lozano a certain goal in the first half, then made the second best save of the season with his feet in the 93rd minute. He’s so good.
Juan Cuadrado (RB) – 8/10 – By far, Juventus’ best creative outlet this season. Another great performance.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – 6/10 – Finally seemed to find its radius of action Wednesday evening.
Giorgio Chiellini (CB) – 6/10 – Looked a lot more like his old self at night.
Danilo (LB) – 6/10 – Taken at the far post by Lozano in the first period but solid thereafter.
Weston McKennie (RM) – 6/10 – Never, never, stop running. Already. A small quality footballer, but who gave a penalty in the second half, that he had the chance to see Insigne pass away from the post.
Arthur Melo (CM) – 6/10 – He’s much better than Adrien Rabiot… although I probably am too.
Rodrigo Bentancur (CM) – 5/10 – Nowhere assertive enough in possession. Extremely gifted player but must master the midfield much more effectively.
Federico Chiesa (LM) – 4/10 – He didn’t really get involved, and clearly more suited to playing on the right flank. Pulled at half-time.
Dejan Kulusevski (ST) – 6/10 – He came to life on time and started causing problems in Naples with his movement.
Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – 8/10 – Had a few sights in the first half and finally got his goal in the 65th minute.
Federico Bernardeschi – 6/10 – Snappy when he arrived and could have (probably should have) scored, but scuffed his effort on goal just five yards away.
Alvaro Morata – 6/10 – Scored a quick counter-attacking goal in the 96th minute.
Adrien Rabiot – N / A – Always N / A.
David Ospina (GK) – 6/10 – He didn’t have to make a single save in the first half. Not one. Then in the opening seconds of the second half, he was forced into a miracle, preventing an effort from Bernardeschi at close range. There was nothing I could do for Ronaldo’s goal.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo (RB) – 6/10 – Well contained Chiesa – although it was not particularly difficult – in the first half. Bernardeschi gave him a couple more problems, but overall a decent performance from Di Lorenzo.
Kostas Manolas (CB) – 6/10 – I saw a decent head effort fly just over the bar in the first half. Solid as always defensively.
Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) – 5/10 – Solid in the first half but caught taking a nap for Ronaldo’s opener.
Mario Rui (LB) – 5/10 – Worked hard on the left flank but ultimately an unforgettable performance from the notably forgotten footballer Mario Rui.
Diego Demme (DM) – 6/10 – Whipped a shiny center into the surface for a Lozano dive head. Decent performance.
Tiemoue Bakayoko (DM) – 5/10 – Sitting in front of Koulibaly and Manolas all night, and it went well. Nothing fancy and yet here I am, writing about it.
Piotr Zielinski (AM) – 4/10 – Carefree in possession. As simple as that.
Hirving Lozano (RW) – 5/10 – Disallowed a goal in the first half with a miracle save for big Woj.
Andrea Petagna (ST) – 4/10 – I enjoyed the physical battle against Chiellini – especially when he nudged her (unintentionally) in the face – but struggled to hold the ball effectively.
Lorenzo Insigne (LW) – 2/10 – Well… his penalty was one of the worst penalties we’ve seen in a while…
Elif Elmas – 5/10.
Dries Mertens – 6/10 – Won a penalty.
Matteo Politano – N / A.
Fernando Llorente – N / A – Still a footballer. Good for him.