Ghana stars Essien and Muntari win first trophy at AC Milan after helping Juventus downfall
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Ghana stars Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari won their first ever trophy with AC Milan after helping the Rossoneris stun rivals Juventus to lift the Trofeo TIM Cup on Saturday night.
The pair who have both been left out of the Ghana squad for the 2015 AFCON qualifying double-header against Uganda and Togo, walked straight into Filippo Inzaghi’s starting line-up and completed the entire duration of the game as Milan whipped Juventus 1-0 in the opening game.
Japanese attacker Keisuke Honda struck the solitary goal of the game to deliver victory over Juventus in a game that lasted for only 45 minutes due to competition rules.
Midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah was left on the Juventus in the loss against Milan.
Milan’s triumph in the competition was uncompleted until they handed down a handsome 2-0 defeat to Sassuolo in the final game.
Milan manager Inzaghi shuffled his cards and made wholesome changes for the game which saw Sulley Muntari give up his place in midfield but Michael Essien held down his place in the squad and played the entire minute.
In the Sassuolo squad, was midfielder Raman Chibsah who has been handed a place in Kwesi Appiah’s 24-man squad for next month’s 2015 AFCON qualifier.