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Juventus snatch win on Ronaldo's debut

Juventus are back in the winner's circle. (AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO)
Roar Guru
18th August, 2018
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Serie A debut for Juventus ended in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Chievo, thanks to a stoppage-time goal from substitute Federico Bernardeschi.

All eyes were on the Portugal forward following his 100 million euro ($A156 million)  summer transfer from Real Madrid – but it needed a team effort from the defending champions to secure three points in Verona.

The visitors opened their quest for an eighth straight Italian title with a slow start after Ronaldo was thwarted several times by veteran Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino and his handball in the build-up led to a late Juventus goal being disallowed.

Sami Khedira put Juventus ahead after three minutes but the visitors were stunned when Mariusz Stepinski levelled seven minutes before the break.

Emanuele Giaccherini converted a penalty against his former club to give Chievo a shock lead in the 56th minute, only for Chievo’s Mattia Bani, under pressure from Leonardo Bonucci, to deflect a corner into his own net in the 75th minute.

Juventus had a goal disallowed for handball by Ronaldo but, in the next attack, Federico Bernardeschi turned the ball in to give the champions a winning start.

“He moved well at times but he wasn’t picked out by his teammates,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “He’s a different footballer, you can see that. He’s integrated into the team with ease.”

Lazio and Napoli meet in Rome in Saturday’s late game.