TURIN, Italy – Two games, zero goals. Cristiano Ronaldo finds life in Serie A more difficult than he expected.
The Portuguese team came back to the finish and Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 on Saturday thanks to goals by Miralem Pjanic and Mario Mandzukic.
Ronaldo left Real Madrid in the off-season in a Serie A-record of 112 million euros (then still $ 131.5 million), but has yet to fully adapt to Italian football after he did not score on his debut last week when Juventus won 3-2 at Chievo Verona.
The fans were keen that Ronaldo would find the target on his home debut on Saturday and there was a nervous expectation around the Allianz stadium.
He was largely anonymous in the first half and had only one touch in the opposition case. He came closest to scoring when his hand seemed to brush Federico Bernardeschi's attempt, which was thrown out by Thomas Strakosha.
Pjanic led Juventus, shortly after Sami Khedira hit the post with a 20-meter salvo in the bottom corner of the half hour.
The 33-year-old Ronaldo did better in the second half. He almost scored a second goal with a series of transfer placements on the left side of the penalty area before placing a cross that Mandzukic showed in one way or another.
Excitement grew into a crescendo when Juventus got a free kick just outside the area, but Ronaldo sent his attempt into Lazio's wall.
He came closer, but he sent a header wide open and then fired a 20 meter submersive shot that Strakosha did well on the crossbar over his fingertip.
Ronaldo seemed to score in the 75th minute. Joao Cancelo rolled the ball to his compatriot, but Strakosha did just enough to prevent him from tapping the ball from four meters.
Instead Ronaldo & # 39; s feet ricocheted and fell on Mandzukic to strike the ball into an empty net.
Ronaldo held up his hands and smiled wryly at his accident.
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