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Ronaldo Frustrated As Juve Suffer Shock Defeat

Cagliari 2-0 Juventus

Just days after clinching the Serie A title, Juventus suffered a 2-0 defeat to Cagliari in their penultimate match on Wednesday evening.

Juventus Maurizio Sarri made wholesale changes to the side that clinched the league title over the weekend, as only Cristiano Ronaldo, Alex Sandro, Leonardo Bonucci, Miralem Pjanic and Juan Cuadrado were retained.

Juventus got off to a bad start, as they went behind in only the eighth minute after Luca Gagliano turned home Federico Mattiello's cross with an out-stretched leg in the six-yard box.

Cagliari had their tails up, but Juventus were also not lying down as Ronaldo had a goal disallowed for offside after receiving a through ball from Federico Bernardeschi.

However, Giovanni Simeone made it 2-0 for Walter Zenga's troops in first-half stoppage time with a stunning strike from the edge of the box that beat goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Juventus were fired up after the break and nearly pulled a goal back ten minutes into the second stanza through Sandro's header that was turned away by shot-stopper Alessio Cragno.

With spaces opening up at the back, Cagliari had a glorious chance to bag a third goal in the 73rd minute after Simeone latched onto a rebound inside the box but scuffed his effort wide, despite having time and space.

Bianconeri were piling up pressure in the latter stages as Ronaldo came close to getting a goal back in the last nine minutes with a strike from a tight angle that was kept out by Cragno with his legs.

The champions tried their best to get on the scoresheet but were frustrated by Cragno and his defence, as Cagliari held on to end their eight-match winless run with the famous win over the champions.

Lazio 2-0 Brescia

Ciro Immobile edged closer to securing the Serie A Golden Boot after finding the back of the net in a 2-0 win over relegated-Brescia on Wednesday night.

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi made only two changes to the side that hammered Hellas Verona 5-1 the last time out, with Jony and Manuel Lazzari preferred on either wing while Joaquin Correa partnered Ciro Immobile upfront.

The visitors threatened in the early stages but they did not take their chances and were punished in the 17th minute after Correa carved out space inside the box from Immobile's pass and fired a low strike beyond goalkeeper Lorenzo Andrenacci.

Lazio had the momentum after that and they came the closest to doubling their lead with nine minutes remaining of the first stanza after Luis Alberto let fly with a volley from the edge of the box that was brilliantly saved by Andrenacci, who was on hand to keep out Immobile's header a few minutes later.

Lazio enjoyed a bright start in the second stanza, but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was unlucky not to add a second goal eight minutes from the break with a glancing header at the back post but his effort was saved by Andrenacci.

However, neither side had the momentum after the hour-mark as they were cancelling each other out in midfield but Immobile had a chance to put the game beyond the reach of Brescia in the 73rd minute after going through on the right side of the box but his strike at the near post hit the side-netting.

The league's leading scorer finally made it 2-0 for Lazio in the last seven minutes with a low curling shot past Andrenacci in a one-on-one situation after a through ball from Correa to take his tally to 35 league goals.

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