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Somber Super Cup victory for Milan

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  • AC Milan fight back from going a goal down to defeat Sevilla 3-1 in Monaco
  • Inzaghi, Jankulovski and Kaka all on target to help Milan lift the Super Cup
  • Both teams honored Sevilla defender Antonio Puerta who died this week
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MONACO -- Champions League winners AC Milan came back from a goal down to defeat UEFA Cup holders Sevilla 3-1 to lift the Super Cup on Friday and bring a tragic week for the Spaniards to an end.

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Filippo Inzaghi heads home Milan's equalizing goal in their 3-1 Super Cup victory over Sevilla.

Sevilla are mourning the death of defender Antonio Puerta who collapsed during Saturday's 4-1 win over Getafe and died on Tuesday from multiple organ failure stemming from prolonged cardiac arrest.

The 22-year-old was suitably honored on Friday.

Both teams as well as referee Konrad Plautz and his colleagues wore black armbands and a minute's silence was observed. Players from both sides had Puerta's name on their shirts in addition to their own.

Renato gave Sevilla the lead after 14 minutes with a header past Dida which took a deflection off Massimo Oddo and immediately dedicated the goal to Puerta by raising his index finger to the sky in tribute.

Milan levelled in the 56th minute when Gennaro Gattuso crossed for Filippo Inzhagi to head home and the Italians were ahead six minutes later when Marek Jankulovski volleyed in Andrea Pirlo's cross.

Brazilian Kaka sealed the victory when he headed home from close range after his 87th-minute penalty was saved by Andres Palop -- relieving Sevilla of the Super Cup title they won last year here after a 3-0 victory over Barcelona.

Sevilla's next date is a trip to Greece to play AEK Athens in the second leg of their Champions League final qualifier on Monday.

The game should have been played in midweek but was postponed following Puerta's death. Sevilla have a 2-0 lead from the first leg in Spain. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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