Cristiano Ronaldo was not nice on Saturday. Neither was Juventus.
However neither must be to win.
Ronaldo helped arrange Aaron Ramsey’s first Juve purpose and transformed the clinching penalty in a 2-1 win over Verona in Turin.
Juventus struggled to beat Parma in its Serie A opener, then was lucky to beat Napoli the next weekend. A listless draw at Fiorentina seven days in the past preceded a midweek Champions League capitulation at Atletico Madrid, when the hosts erased a two-goal deficit with a Ninetieth-minute equalizer.
Nonetheless, there’s a lot extra functionality in Juve’s ranks than its home foes, and the champions will gladly take three factors from Saturday after falling behind halfway by means of the primary half on a wild sequence.
Verona’s Samuel Di Carmine clanged his penalty off the put up and Darko Lazovic stung the crossbar along with his follow-up effort, however Verona dispossessed Juve out vast and the ball ultimately settled for Miguel Veloso, who ripped a shot from exterior the field (by way of ESPN):
Juventus tied the sport when Ronaldo slipped a move into the open path of Ramsey, whose shot took a lucky deflection in his Juve debut:
Shortly after halftime, Juan Cuadrado drew a penalty and Ronaldo fired dwelling the spot kick excessive and down the center.
From there, Juventus held off the guests and momentarily summited the Serie A desk, at the very least earlier than the Milan derby.
They’ll most likely keep up there for many of the remainder of the season. As a result of when you have got a super-talented solid led by Ronaldo, that’s how issues go even on the unhealthy days.
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