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Higuain Gets Ronaldo’s Backing Having Left Game In Tears After Sending Off

It was a woeful night for both AC Milan and Gonzalo Higuain, with the now Milan-based striker facing off against his old Juventus side for the first time since leaving.

The Argentine was basically deemed surplus to requirements given the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo into the Juve fold, and he was keen to prove a point on Sunday night.

Juve had some demons of their own to handle coming into the San Siro clash. While they were guaranteed to stay top of the Serie A table regardless of the result, they suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Manchester United in midweek.

It was the visitors that drew first blood early on, with Mario Mandzukic finding the net after just eight minutes.

With the scoreline remaining at 1-0 approaching the final ten minutes, it was Ronaldo who earned the star striker plaudits, doubling Juve’s lead in the 81st.

He pounced in the box after Gigi Donnarumma could only parry a Joao Cancelo shot into the path of the grateful Portuguese.

Milan were struggling to get on the scoresheet, and that task became near-impossible with the dismissal of Higuain just two minutes later.

The 30-year-old was booked for a challenge on Medhi Benatia, but his furious reaction earned an immediate second yellow card to end his night prematurely. He almost snapped at the referee, and then Ronaldo and Giorgio Chiellini bore the brunt of his frustration.

Despite being present for Higuain’s tirade, Ronaldo spoke in support of his former Real Madrid teammate speaking after the game via Calcio Mercato.

“With Higuain, I just told him not to exaggerate, because he risked having a more serious penalty,” Ronaldo stated.

“But he doesn’t deserve to be punished, he did nothing.”

Juve go into the international break six points ahead of Napoli, and 13 ahead of fifth placed Milan.

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