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Cristiano Ronaldo makes winning start as Juventus beat Chievo 3-2

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo is a five-time Ballon d'Or winner

Cristiano Ronaldo made a winning start to his Juventus career as his new club came from behind to beat Chievo 3-2 in a dramatic start to the Serie A season.

Federico Bernardeschi scored a 93rd-minute winner, moments after Juve had a goal ruled out by VAR with Ronaldo at the centre of the incident.

The Portugal captain, a £99.2m signing from Real Madrid, handled the ball before colliding with Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino in the build-up to Mario Mandzukic's goal, which referee Fabrizio Pasqua ruled out on review.

Sami Khedira had put Juventus, who have won the past seven Serie A titles, ahead from close range in the third minute, before Mariusz Stepinski headed in the equaliser.

Emanuele Giaccherini won and scored a penalty to put Chievo in front on 56 minutes, but a Mattia Bani own goal pegged them back before Bernardeschi struck late on.

Ronaldo forced several saves from 39-year-old Sorrentino, who left the match on a stretcher after his late collision with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Sorrentino suffered a fractured nose, bruised shoulder and whiplash and was later released from hospital.

Stefano Sorrentino
Ronaldo's debut made an impact on Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino. The Italian joked on social media: "CR7 took me in full"

How did Ronaldo get on?

Ronaldo, 33, scored in his first game for the Old Lady - their traditional pre-season friendly against the Juventus B team.

That match was held in the small Italian town of Villar Perosa. Its population is 4,000 - but Ronaldo's appearance drew 5,000 fans.

His presence in Verona led to Chievo selling out their 39,000-seater Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, as they more than doubled their average attendance.

Speaking before the match, coach Massimiliano Allegri said he had yet to decide Ronaldo's best position in the team.

With Gonzalo Higuain on loan at AC Milan, the former Manchester United forward started up front on his own against Chievo, with Paulo Dybala in the number 10 role and Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado on the wings.

His first chance came in the 19th minute, when he dragged a shot wide from 20 yards. Ten minutes later he tried to volley a left-foot shot across goal from a tight angle.

Ronaldo grew into the game after the break and made his intent clear with a fierce dipping shot from distance that forced Sorrentino into action. He then directed a free header straight at the goalkeeper.

With the introduction of Mandzukic as a central striker in the 64th minute, Ronaldo moved out to the left.

He seemed more effective cutting in on his right foot, and his best chance came when he forced a diving one-handed save from Sorrentino with a curling shot.

A last-ditch tackle by Fabrizio Cacciatore deflected another Ronaldo shot onto the roof of the net, before Sorrentino saved a trademark free-kick.

How did Juve's other debutants get on?

While there were cheers for Ronaldo, there were some boos for Leonardo Bonucci, who rejoined Juve just a year after leaving for AC Milan for £35.1m.

Bonucci was at fault for Chievo's opener, failing to track Stepinski's run, but redeemed himself as his pressure at a corner led to Bani's own goal.

Former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, meanwhile, almost scored with his first touch after coming on for the last five minutes, but his diving header was saved.

Right-back Joao Cancelo, a summer arrival from Valencia, gave away a penalty for a lunge on Giaccherini.

Ronaldo's debut in pictures

Cristiano Ronaldo
All eyes were on Ronaldo in Verona
Cristiano Ronaldo
There was a minute's silence for the victims of Tuesday's bridge collapse in Genoa
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo was involved in VAR controversy at the end of the game
Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus eventually got the winner

Line-ups

Chievo

  • 70SorrentinoSubstituted forSeculinat 89'minutes
  • 40TomovicBooked at 90mins
  • 15Rossettini
  • 14Bani
  • 29Cacciatore
  • 4Rigoni
  • 8RadovanovicBooked at 60mins
  • 56HetemajSubstituted forObiat 78'minutes
  • 27Depaoli
  • 9StepinskiSubstituted forDjordjevicat 66'minutes
  • 17Giaccherini

Substitutes

  • 1Semper
  • 3Tanasijevic
  • 5Barba
  • 11Leris
  • 13Kiyine
  • 16Seculin
  • 20Djordjevic
  • 22Obi
  • 23Birsa
  • 31Pellissier
  • 44Jaroszynski
  • 69Meggiorini

Juventus

  • 1Szczesny
  • 20Cavaco Cancelo
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3Chiellini
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forCanat 84'minutes
  • 5Pjanic
  • 16Ju CuadradoSubstituted forBernardeschiat 56'minutes
  • 10Dybala
  • 11Douglas CostaSubstituted forMandzukicat 64'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 4Benatia
  • 14Matuidi
  • 15Barzagli
  • 17Mandzukic
  • 21Pinsoglio
  • 22Perin
  • 23Can
  • 24Rugani
  • 30Bentancur
  • 33Bernardeschi
Referee:
Fabrizio Pasqua
Attendance:
29,500

Match Stats

Home TeamChievoAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home6
Away27
Shots on Target
Home2
Away10
Corners
Home0
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Chievo 2, Juventus 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chievo 2, Juventus 3.

Booking

Nenad Tomovic (Chievo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nenad Tomovic (Chievo).

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Filip Djordjevic (Chievo).

Goal!

Goal! Chievo 2, Juventus 3. Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Sandro.

Substitution

Substitution, Chievo. Andrea Seculin replaces Stefano Sorrentino because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR: Goal. Referee decision on field cancelled.

Delay in match (Juventus). Video Review.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stefano Sorrentino (Chievo) because of an injury.

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus).

Stefano Sorrentino (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Emre Can (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Cancelo with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Emre Can replaces Sami Khedira.

Attempt missed. Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joel Obi.

Offside, Chievo. Fabio Depaoli tries a through ball, but Filip Djordjevic is caught offside.

Offside, Juventus. Miralem Pjanic tries a through ball, but Federico Bernardeschi is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Sandro with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Chievo. Joel Obi replaces Perparim Hetemaj.

Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

Emanuele Giaccherini (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Filip Djordjevic (Chievo).

Goal!

Own Goal by Mattia Bani, Chievo. Chievo 2, Juventus 2.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Fabrizio Cacciatore.

Attempt missed. Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross.

Attempt saved. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Cancelo.

Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross.

Foul by João Cancelo (Juventus).

Emanuele Giaccherini (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. João Cancelo (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Fabrizio Cacciatore.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paulo Dybala with a through ball.

Foul by Paulo Dybala (Juventus).

Mattia Bani (Chievo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 18th August 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus11003213
2Napoli11002113
3Atalanta00000000
4Bologna00000000
5Cagliari00000000
6Empoli00000000
7Fiorentina00000000
8Frosinone00000000
9Genoa00000000
10Inter Milan00000000
11AC Milan00000000
12Parma00000000
13Roma00000000
14SPAL00000000
15Sampdoria00000000
16Sassuolo00000000
17Torino00000000
18Udinese00000000
19Chievo100123-10
20Lazio100112-10
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