MONACO (AFP) - 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.
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 honoured at Friday's game.
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.
Sevilla coach Juande Ramos said: "Losing to AC Milan is not a disgrace, they are a great club.
"It's been a hard week and it wasn't surprising that we were a little behind Milan."
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.
Milan levelled in the 56th minute when Gennaro Gattuso crossed for Filippo Inzhagi to head home.
The Italians were ahead six minutes later when Marek Jankulovski volleyed in Andrea Pirlo's cross.
Brazilian ace Kaka then scored from close range after his 87th-minute penalty was saved by Andres Palop to give Milan the trophy and relieve Sevilla of the Super Cup title they won last year here after a 3-0 win over Barcelona.
"I have a lot of respect for Sevilla. It was difficult for them to play this match," said Kaka.
"But we are also professionals and we went for the win."
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.
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