Insane save denies Ronaldo heroics in Serie A debut

Sergio Cunningham
August 19, 2018

"I was struck by how at ease he was in the team, he was very happy with the win at the end, he had a good match".

But Mattia Bani's 75th-minute own goal drew the score level and, after substitute Mario Mandzukic had a goal disallowed following VAR consolation, fellow replacement Federico Bernardeschi tapped home the victor in the third minute of stoppage time.

Already this summer, we've seen Gianluigi Buffon's performance in front of his new Paris Saint-Germain teammates; now, it's the turn of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski had headed in and an Emanuele Giaccherini penalty gave the Flying Donkeys hope of a rare win over the Turin giants.

Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could do nothing to keep out his compatriot's effort, having replaced the departed Gianluigi Buffon in the Juventus goal for this season.

Before the worldwide soccer superstar suits up for his first ever game for the Italian giants on Saturday. the fresh meat were forced to show off their pipes - CR7 was no exception.

An own goal from Mattia Bani put Juve level again at 2-2.

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And Pochettino could still lose players to overseas clubs as the deadlines for Europe's other majors leagues are later in August. We need to adapt ourselves in this new situation for us.

Ronaldo also fired narrowly over from a tight angle on the half-hour, while he drew several smart saves from Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino, who is still going strong at the age of 39.

"He pulled their defence around, he moved between the lines and, on several occasions, he wasn't served with the ball", he added.

But Bernardeschi finished off an Alex Sandro assist to seal the first three points for the champions as they target an eighth straight league title.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri called Cristiano Ronaldo "the best player in the world" as he confirmed the forward will make his competitive debut for the club on Saturday. It's only natural that the more we play together, the better things will get, and this will only benefit the team.

The game began with a minute's silence to remember this week's Genova bridge collapse tragedy.

The emotional impact of the disaster has led to the postponement of Serie A games involving local teams Sampdoria and Genoa who had been due to open their campaigns against Fiorentina and AC Milan.

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