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Ronaldo Ends Goal-Drought To Save Juve's Unbeaten Run

Serie A

Result: Juventus 2-2 Sassuolo

Date: 01 December 2019

Venue: Allianz Stadium

Cristiano Ronaldo ended his drought in front of goal to rescue Juventus, who were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.

Bianconeri manager Maurizio Sarri made five changes to the side that narrowly beat Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, as veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Alex Sandro, Juan Cuadrado, Emre Can and Federico Bernardeschi were all given a run.

The visitors were under attack in the early stages as Sassuolo spurned a couple of good chances and they were made to pay in the 20th minute as Juventus skipper Leonardo Bonucci drilled home a low strike from range that found the bottom corner.

The Old Lady's celebrations were short-lived as the hosts produced their own moment of brilliance two minutes later to equalise after Jeremie Boga played a quick one-two with Francesco Caputo on the edge of the box and went through to lob the on-rushing Buffon.

Sarri's charges were constantly frustrated by the pressing of Sassuolo, who could not allow them to build sustained pressure in the latter phase of the first stanza and neither side could carve out clear openings as they went to the break level pegging.

Juventus had a terrible start to the second stanza as they conceded within two minutes after Cuadrado played a dangerous back pass towards Matthijs de Ligt, whose clearance went straight to Caputo to fire past Buffon from the edge of the box.

Paulo Dybala gave Bianconeri a new dimension and threat after coming on for Bernardeschi and he won a penalty for the visitors in the 67th minute after he was brought down by Filippo Romagna. Ronaldo stepped up and smashed home the spot-kick to end his run of four games without a win.

Sarri raised eyebrows with a tactical change in the last ten minutes as he brought on midfielder Aaron Ramsey in place of striker Gonzalo Higuain, with Dybala seemingly paired with Ronaldo upfront in search of the winner.

Despite Bianconeri pressurising Sassuolo in the closing minutes, Roberto De Zerbi's troops were spirited in defence and held on for a valuable point.


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