Ronaldo reaches milestone, Juventus loses focus in draw with Genoa

22 October, 2018, 12:33 | Author: Norman Carr
  • AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fifth goal for Juventus but Genoa rallied to claim a 1-1 draw in Serie A on Saturday.

His departure came shortly after the Turin side signed five-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

Andreas Pereira has said that Manchester United's performance against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday has left them feeling "pumped up" for the upcoming Champions League clash with Juventus.

Ronaldo is set to feature at Old Trafford following his one-game ban in the European competition.

With Genoa struggling to contain the lively Cancelo down the right Juve were firmly in control, their only regret at the break being they weren't further in front.

Juve seemed eager to score a second as soon as possible, but struggled to convert their possession into meaningful chances, and Wojciech Szczesny had to be alert to deny Krzysztof Piatek an equaliser from distance.

Energised, the 23-year-old should have levelled seconds later, outjumping Leonardo Bonucci but his header went wide.

It took almost four years for Ronaldo to get his next win - in 90 minutes - over a Mourinho team, as his Inter visited Old Trafford in the Champions League and lost 2-0 in March 2009.

Genoa finally grabbed their goal when Daniel Bessa scored off a header in the 66th minute.

Allegri responded by introducing Paulo Dybala for Blaise Matudi as a frantic finale beckoned with Genoa holding on for a surprising point.

SPAL, who came a highly respectable 13th in Serie A following promotion last season, went ahead with a slickly-converted Andrea Petagna spot-kick on 38 minutes. Every match has to be won on the pitch in 90 minutes.



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