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Ronaldo's Brace Rescues 10-Man Juventus

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Result: AS Roma 2-2 Juventus

Date: 27 September 2020

Venue: Stadio Olimpico

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace to rescue a point for ten-man Juventus at AS Roma on Sunday night.

New signing Alvaro Morata was thrown straight into the Juventus starting line-up alongside Ronaldo in what was seemingly a 4-4-2 formation.

It was Roma who carved out the first opening as Henrikh Mkhitaryan did well to skip past one challenge before unleashing a low strike that forced Wojciech Szczesny into a fine save on 12 minutes.

The hosts were then awarded a penalty on 29 minutes after the Video Assistant Referee spotted a foul on Edin Dzeko from Chiellini. As a result, Jordan Veretout took responsibility and made no mistake from 12 yards to hand Roma the opening goal, despite Szczesny's best effort in going the right way.

Juventus were awarded a penalty of their own just before the break when Lorenzo Pellergini handled a shot from Ronaldo, who stepped up to convert for the equaliser on 44 minutes.

There was enough time for Roma to restore their lead as Veretout completed his brace by turning home Mkitaryan's square pass.

After a couple of big misses by Ronaldo and Dzeko, Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo made a double change on 58 minutes as Arthur and Douglas Costa replaced Morata and McKennie.

Four minutes later, the visitors' hopes of a comeback suffered a blow as they were reduced to 10 men after Adrien Rabiot picked up his second yellow card of the game.

Despite being a man down, the visitors drew level once again as Danilo got the by-line before picking out Ronaldo for the towering header.

Both teams threw bodies forward in search of a winning goal, but 2-2 was how the encounter ended as Juventus drop their first points under Pirlo.


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