Milan - Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first competitive goals for Juventus on
Sunday, with a second half double that ensured a 2-1 win over Sassuolo
to make it four victories from as many Serie A games.
was controversy in Turin as Juventus winger Douglas Costa was sent off
late on after being caught on camera spitting at Sassuolo's Federico Di
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo, who arrived amid
great pomp and ceremony following a $117 million deal
from Real Madrid, tapped in from barely a yard out after a goalmouth
scramble on 50 minutes.
The 33-year-old added a second 15 minutes
later following a counter-attack orchestrated by Emre Can as the
defending seven-time Italian champions moved three points clear of
"I'm happy. I worked hard and I knew that the goals would come," said Ronaldo.
"I thank my team-mates who really helped me and allowed me to adapt to Italian football."
Ronaldo - Real Madrid's record all-time goal scorer - showed his frustration,
however, kicking the post as he missed two more chances.
football. The important thing is that the team wins. I was a little
tense with all the talk after my move from Real Madrid and not scoring,
so there were a lot of expectations, but I thank my teammates for
supporting me throughout."
Senegalese striker Khouma Babacar
headed in a consolation goal for Sassuolo in injury-time as the side
from Modena fell to their first defeat of the season.
the only unbeaten side after Napoli inflicted a first loss on
Fiorentina on Saturday with a 1-0 win ahead of next week's Champions
League trip to Red Star Belgrade.
Sassuolo are third with seven points.
by five-time winner Ronaldo, Juventus begin their quest for a first
Champions League title since 1996 at Valencia on Wednesday.
Champions League is my favourite tournament," said Ronaldo, who scored
15 goals in the tournament last season. "It's a very difficult group, we
know that we can do well and Juve must focus on being the best."
confidence was dented ahead of their daunting midweek trip to Champions
League holders Real Madrid, as bottom club Chievo came from two goals
down to snatch a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.
Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante put Roma, who lost to AC Milan before the
international break, firmly in command at half-time.
beaten 6-1 by Fiorentina last time out and on minus points after being
deducted three points by the Italian football federation for false
accounting, battled back in the second half.
Valter Birsa pulled a
goal back in the 52nd minute, with Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski
sealing a point for the club from Verona seven minutes from time.
was a game we had under control, we should have killed it off. This
can't happen against Real," said Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.
Roma coach added: "We'll be going out to challenge Real Madrid on
Wednesday. We mustn't lose our heads, even if these results destabilise
Roma are eighth with five points from four games - already
seven points adrift of Juventus - and also behind city rivals Lazio who
won at Empoli with Marco Parolo scoring the only goal.
Milan slipped to 14th with a shock 1-0 home defeat by Parma on Saturday
ahead of their European opener against Tottenham at the San Siro.