The ‘Siiii’ celebration wasn’t alien to the Juventus stadium, Cristiano Ronaldo had done it for Real Madrid when he scored against Juventus in the Champions League semi-final in 2015. But on Sunday, Ronaldo did his first for Juventus, meaning he’s finally got off the for the Old Lady in Serie A. The stats of the Portuguese skipper having more shots than anyone else without scoring can now be put to bed.
It took four games, three different formations, and three different positions, but Ronaldo was in the right place five minutes after halftime against Sassuolo, and poked home from close range to open the scoring. And having four games for a goal, he got two in 15 minutes, a counter-attack ended with him collecting Emre Can’s pass and firing a shot past Andrea Consigli in the Sassuolo goal. Ronaldo could have grabbed a hatrick, but spurned two opportunities for a treble, before Khouma Babacar pulled one back for the visitors in stoppage time.
The game ended with Douglas Costa getting for his triple act of booking, elbowing and spitting at Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco, actions which could see the Juve winger banned for up to three months. But the headline act was Ronaldo, who finally opened his account for the Bianconeri.
For Inter Milan, it was misery on home soil, as they lost at home to Parma. To rub salt into Nerazzurri wounds, the only goal of the game came via Federico Dimarco, on loan from Inter at Parma, in the 79th minute. The loss leaves Inter with just one win in four games, as they trail miles behind Juventus already.
Roma weren’t so happy this weekend either, as the Giallorossi threw away a two-goal advantage and had to settle for a two-all draw at home to Chievo. Not the best preparation by Eusebio Di Francesco’s side for the midweek trip to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Elsewhere, Lorenzo Insigne was the difference for Napoli, who saw off Fiorentina, while Gregoire Defrel’s double helped Sampdoria to a 5-0 win at Frosinone. Milan had to settle for a draw at Cagliari, Marco Parolo was the difference for Lazio at Empoli, while Erick Pulgar saw red for Bologna in their loss at Genoa.
Gianpiero Gasperini’s Atalanta travel to SPAL on Monday night.
Napoli 1-0 Fiorentina
Juventus 2-1 Sassuolo
Empoli 0-1 Lazio
Genoa 1-0 Bologna
Frosinone 0-5 Sampdoria
Roma 2-2 Chievo
Udinese 1-1 Torino
Cagliari 1-1 Milan
Inter 0-1 Parma