Ronaldo kept waiting for first goal in Juve win

26 August, 2018, 18:10 | Author: Norman Carr
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Cristiano Ronaldo made his home debut for Juventus as they beat Lazio to extend their winning start to the season.

During his time with Madrid, Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 games and helped them win the Champions League four times.

Lazio - fifth last season in Serie A - have had their worst start to the season in over a decade following last weekend's 2-1 defeat at home against Napoli.

Striker Gonzalo Higuain also made his debut for AC Milan after his loan move from Juventus, but he had little impact.

Ronaldo, 33, unintentionally played a role in Mario Mandzukic's second goal of the night on 75 minutes after Miralem Pjanic put the hosts in front at the Allianz Stadium.

World Cup victor Blaise Matuidi set up Ronaldo for the champions' first chance after 19 minutes but it was Germany worldwide Sami Khedira who rattled the woodwork with Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha diving to clear a Bernardeschi angled drive.

Ronaldo came close after 63 minutes but headed just wide after connecting with a Joao Cancelo cross and again threatened on 71 minutes but Strakosha tipped over.

Lazio finished the first half strongly but Ciro Immobile, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic and Marco Parolo all spurned opportunities.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday he would not hesitate to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench if he felt the Portugal forward needed to save energy.

Juventus will be hoping Ronaldo can inspire a fantastic season in Italy, with fans desperate to see their side perform in the Champions League.

"I have a very strong squad and have to evaluate everyone".

The Pole drove home the equaliser in the 67th minute after an attempted Milan clearance from a corner landed at his feet and substitute Dries Mertens completed the job with 10 minutes left, turning in Allan's low cross at the far post. Juve, meanwhile, earned a tough 3-2 win at Chievo and will be hoping to have a more comfortable result this time around.



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