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Ronaldo scores first Juventus goals as Costa sees red for spitting

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first two goals for Juventus as the Italian champions maintained their perfect start to the season.

Ronaldo, goalless in his first three games since his move from Real Madrid, tapped in shortly after half-time.

The 33-year-old then finished off a rapid counter-attack by shooting into the bottom corner after 65 minutes.

Sassuolo pulled one back in added time via Khouma Babacar and Douglas Costa was sent off but the hosts held on.

Juve’s Brazilian winger was dismissed after a video assistant referee intervention for spitting at Federico di Francesco, having aimed a headbutt at the same player and appeared to try to elbow him.

Ronaldo could have completed a hat-trick late on but missed two easy chances from inside the penalty area.

The win is Juventus’ fourth from four games this season.

The wait ends for Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo had been on the pitch for 320 minutes in Serie A this season before scoring his first goal since his remarkable summer move.

The wait ended with his 28th attempt of the league season but he had looked increasingly frustrated in the first half at his failure to find the net.

Ronaldo’s first effort of the match in the sixth minute was blocked. He then failed to direct a header on goal and in the 27th minute struck an ambitious free-kick wide from 35 yards.

But his first goal in Juve colours could hardly have been simpler after Sassuolo failed to deal with a corner. Gianmarco Ferrari headed the ball on to his own post and it rebounded to Ronaldo unmarked inside the six-yard box for the forward to tap home.

His second was more typical as he showed excellent pace to keep up his side’s counter-attack and coolly finished low past the goalkeeper.

The crowd celebrated Ronaldo’s first goals for the club wildly, while the forward’s girlfriend and son were also in the stands to witness the moment.

“I was a little bit anxious as expectations were high,” said Ronaldo. “I really wanted to score, so I’m happy.

“Of course, there was attention after my arrival in Turin, but life is like that.

“I’m happy. I’m working well and my team-mates help me to adapt to this championship.”

Costa loses his head

Douglas Costa

The game ended remarkably with substitute Costa twice to the fore, before and after Sassuolo’s goal.

First the Brazilian made a dangerous lunging tackle on Di Francesco in the build-up to the goal.

As Di Francesco got to his feet Costa appeared to throw an elbow into the face of the Italian and then aimed a headbutt at the player in front of the referee.

Costa was initially shown a yellow card but, when moments later replays showed him spitting into the face of Di Francesco, he was dismissed via VAR.

Afterwards, Costa described his reaction as “ugly” and apologised to his team-mates and the club’s fans on Instagram.

“I make it clear that this isolated attitude does not correspond to what I have always shown in my career,” he wrote.

Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri said Costa would be fined for the incident.

“Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen,” Allegri said.

“It’s only right that he is fined, and he certainly will be. I was surprised by his reaction. We have suffered a goal, a red card and a suspension which will be long.”

Line-ups

Juventus

  • 1Szczesny
  • 20Cavaco CanceloBooked at 32mins
  • 19Bonucci
  • 4Benatia
  • 12Lobo SilvaBooked at 60mins Substituted forJu Cuadradoat 80'minutes
  • 6Khedira
  • 23Can Substituted forBentancurat 71'minutes
  • 10Dybala
  • 14Matuidi
  • 17Mandzukic Substituted forDouglas Costaat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2De Sciglio
  • 3Chiellini
  • 5Pjanic
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 18Kean
  • 21Pinsoglio
  • 22Perin
  • 24Rugani
  • 30Bentancur
  • 33Bernardeschi

Sassuolo

  • 47Consigli
  • 21Lirola Kosok
  • 2Santos da Silva Barbosa
  • 31Ferrari
  • 6Oliveira da Silva Substituted forDell'Orcoat 72'minutes
  • 68BourabiaBooked at 40mins
  • 73Locatelli Substituted forBabacarat 83'minutes
  • 32Duncan
  • 25BerardiBooked at 26mins
  • 27Boateng
  • 9DjuricicBooked at 23mins Substituted forDi Francescoat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Magnanelli
  • 5Lemos
  • 10Matri
  • 12Sensi
  • 20Boga
  • 23Magnani
  • 30Babacar
  • 34Di Francesco
  • 39Dell'Orco
  • 79Pegolo
  • 98Adjapong
  • 99Brignola
Referee:
Daniele Chiffi

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamSassuolo
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home18
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Juventus 2, Sassuolo 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Juventus 2, Sassuolo 1.

Dismissal

Douglas Costa (Juventus) is shown the red card.

Attempt saved. Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Khouma Babacar.

Booking

Douglas Costa (Juventus) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Juventus 2, Sassuolo 1. Khouma Babacar (Sassuolo) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cristian Dell’Orco with a cross.

Offside, Juventus. Wojciech Szczesny tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Khouma Babacar (Sassuolo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mehdi Bourabia.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Cristian Dell’Orco.

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Sassuolo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (Juventus).

Attempt missed. Douglas Costa (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Pol Lirola (Sassuolo).

João Cancelo (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mehdi Bourabia.

Substitution

Substitution, Sassuolo. Khouma Babacar replaces Manuel Locatelli.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. João Cancelo (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi.

Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by João Cancelo (Juventus).

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Juan Cuadrado replaces Alex Sandro.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Alfred Duncan.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Douglas Costa with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Gianmarco Ferrari.

Foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng (Sassuolo).

João Cancelo (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Domenico Berardi.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Douglas Costa.

Substitution

Substitution, Sassuolo. Cristian Dell’Orco replaces Rogerio.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Rodrigo Bentancur replaces Emre Can.

Foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng (Sassuolo).

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

Attempt blocked. Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mehdi Bourabia.

Attempt missed. Douglas Costa (Juventus) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by João Cancelo.

Attempt missed. Federico Di Francesco (Sassuolo) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Mehdi Bourabia with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Juventus 2, Sassuolo 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emre Can following a fast break.

Corner, Sassuolo. Conceded by João Cancelo.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Douglas Costa replaces Mario Mandzukic.

Attempt missed. Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Sassuolo. Federico Di Francesco replaces Filip Djuricic.

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