Serie A round-up: Juventus maintain winning start but no Cristiano Ronaldo goal

26 August, 2018, 18:07 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo had the first opportunity of the game when he headed wide for Juventus after seven minutes but Lazio also made a bright start with Senad Lulic and Adam Marusic calling Wojciech Szczesny into action.

Miralem Pjanic rifled Juventus ahead in the 30th minute with a shot from outside the area before the Turin side added the second in the 75th minute in untidy fashion.

"Cristiano has been with us for 15 days, he worked well in the defensive phase and proved to be a smart lad". His debut, however, proved to be a hard one against Lazio who finished fifth in the Serie A and level on points with fourth-placed Inter Milan last season.

Juventus will be hoping Ronaldo can inspire a fantastic season in Italy, with fans desperate to see their side perform in the Champions League.

"We did not expect this start, we wanted a different calendar", said Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi blaming "basic errors" after defeats against the top two teams.

Ronaldo nearly sensationally doubled the Old Lady's lead 20 minutes before time with a dipping strike from just outside the box but Lazio shot-stopper Thomas Strakosha made a superb save to tip the strike over the bar.

And Juve's pressure told on the half-hour mark as Pjanic met a bouncing ball 20 yards from goal to arrow a finish into the bottom-right corner.

The closest Ronaldo came to breaking his duck was with a vicious dipping effort on the turn in the 71st minute, but it was brilliantly turned over the bar by the Albanian goalkeeper.

"He is the the best player in the world".

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday he would not hesitate to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench if he felt the Portugal forward needed to save energy.

"Of course we're going to help him, we're going to help him score goals".

In Saturday's second Serie A game, Ancelotti got his first home win as Napoli coach as the southerners fought back from two goals down to edge AC Milan. He has scored 638 goals for club and country in his career.



Brighton must maintain performance levels, says manager Chris Hughton
I think the two teams can be compared in this way; both them have very fast transition, with very fast players up front. It led to Salah's 23rd-minute strike and Hughton was disappointed with the manner in which they conceded the goal.

Transition has begun to cooler, fresher air in Metro Vancouver
Canadian Armed Forces troops have been deployed to B.C. during the floods and wildfires this year, as well as for fires in 2017. Thursday's high temperatures in the Seattle-Olympia area are expected to be 12 to 17 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than today's .

Twitch Prime will no longer be ad
As we have continued to add value to Twitch Prime , we have also re-evaluated some of the existing Twitch Prime benefits. Here's the reason why, "Advertising is an important source of support for the creators who make Twitch possible".

Flash flood, landslide warnings issued as Hurricane Lane nears Hawaii
The rarity of hurricanes means the islands, unlike Florida which expects the storms every few years, is not hardened against them. We have businesses and this and that. "It's pretty tough to juggle all that", Magno said. "This boutique is my livelihood".

Music world mourns Aretha Franklin at MTV video awards
Long live the queen". " Madonna spoke about herself during that entire Aretha Franklin speech", one remarked. She didn't end up getting the job, but she did go on to become a megastar later in her career.

Kerala floodwater starts to recede, as fear of disease spreads
The Indian military also opened an air base August 20 to commercial flights to help bring in relief goods and fly out residents. The UAE has offered Rs 700 crore even as the central government announced Rs 500 crore as an emergency relief for the state.

Afghan forces free 149 hostages taken by Taliban in ambush
The battle for Ghazni killed at least 100 members of the Afghan security forces and 35 civilians, according to Afghan officials. President Ashraf Ghani's office issued a statement on Saturday suggesting a cease-fire would soon be announced.

Donald Trump rages on Mueller investigation following New York Times report
But in introducing the officer, Trump -- seemingly trying to encourage him - noted the officer "speaks flawless English". Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

#MeToo Campaigner Asia Argento accused of Sexually Assaulting 17-year Old Singer
However, fellow #MeToo figure and Weinstein accuser (as well as friend to Argento) Rose McGowan has spoken out. Argento accused him of rape, going public with her story in The New Yorker in October.

Maurizio Sarri's New Signing Reveals Why He Joined Chelsea
I could have gone back to Spain or Italy, all the people believe in me there but I want to change all the things here. I'm pretty sure that in the next games we'll have better results and play better football.