Seria A 2018/19: Cristiano Ronaldo Debuts as Juventus Win Close Game
Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut in Seria A didn’t go like the way he wanted, but Juventus ended with a dramatic 3-2 victory against Chievo in their opening game.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus secured a thrilling win in the dying minutes.
Sami Khedira gave an early lead to the defending Seria A champions. But Mariusz Stepinski’s first-half header and Emanuele Giaccherini’s penalty in the second half turned the match around in favour of the home side.
Soon after, Mattia Bani’s own goal levelled the score 2-2 with only 15 minutes to go. It looked like the substitute man, Mario Mandzukic had won the game for Juventus. But VAR disallowed the goal to spoil the party for the defending champions.
However, it was not for too long. Bernardeschi turned home Alex Sandro’s cross in the 93rd minute to give his side a winning start.
Juventus felt behind right after the start of the second half when one of their former players converted a 56th-minute penalty. Cancelo dived in on Giaccherini to concede the penalty. And the midfielder took the spot-kick himself to put Chievo ahead.
Trailing by 2-1, Ronaldo made several efforts to drag Juve back into the game and find his first goal in Seria A, but all his efforts went in vain.
It took just a few more minutes for Juventus to equalise courtesy of an own goal from Chievo’s Bani. And then in the 93rd minute, Bernardeschi scored past substitute goalkeeper Andrea Seculin to give his side a terrific win in their opening game.
However, with a rating of less than seven, Ronaldo will be disappointed for average performance in his Seria A debut.
FT: Chievo 2-3 Juventus
Stepinski 38′, Giaccherini 56′ (p) | Khedira 3′, Bani 76′ (og) | Bernardeschi 90+3′
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