Ronaldo scores brace for Juventus


Cristiano Ronaldo was under pressure after three games without scoring for Juventus.

Next up for Allegri's men is a midweek fixture against Valencia at the Mestalla, as they kick off their latest assault on the Champions League, before returning to Serie A duty with a clash against Frosinone on Sunday.

"I was a little bit anxious as expectations were high", Ronaldo said.

Suiting up against Sassuolo on Sunday, however, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor set to silence his critics by scoring his first goal for I Bianconeri in the 50th minute of the match, tapping in a ball which had ricocheted off of the post to give Juventus a 1-0 lead before running off to deliver his trademark celebration.

"We have a very hard group but hopefully we will have a lot of luck", he concluded.

While Ronaldo may have found his scoring touch, two Serie A clubs have yet to find the back of the net.

Winless Chievo are on minus one point after having three deducted on Thursday by the Italian federation over accounting irregularities.

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Douglas Costa had been booked following the visitors' goal, and was sent off on the final whistle as VAR elected to upgrade the punishment.

A second-half goal by Krzysztof Piatek gave Genoa a 1-0 win over Bologna in another match marred by ugly scenes after the visitors had Erick Pulgar sent off for a shocking tackle on Romulo, sparking a scuffle involving a number of players.

Juventus star Douglas Costa has hit back amid the scandal surrounding his red card for spitting at Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco on Sunday, claiming he was provoked by the opposition winger.

Brazil worldwide Costa apologised for his behaviour in an Instagram post after the match which read: "I would like to apologise to all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today's game".

Lazio won 1-0 at newly promoted Empoli, while Torino drew 1-1 at Udinese.

"Last year we were punished in so many matches and we didn't do anything because they told us that we need to wait for the system to grow", Torino director Gianluca Petrachi said.