VERONA. – Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo missed opportunities to score on his Italian Serie A football debut, as defending champion Juventus grabbed a late 3-2 victory against Chievo in an exciting opening game of the season 2018-2019 on Saturday.
Ronaldo (33) joined Real Madrid last month in a deal worth € 100 million.
Substitute Federico Bernardeschi scored the winner two minutes in injury time with the German international Sami Khedira who opened the score after only three minutes in the Bentegodi Stadium.
Chievo & # 39; s Mattia Bani changed to his own net after 75 minutes after Leonardo Bonucci's pressure to equalize the champions after the home team had taken a 2-1 lead. The Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski was led and an Emanuele Giaccherini penalty gave the Flying Donkeys hope for a rare victory over the Turin giants.
Mario Mandzukic had refused a goal late in the match after an incident that Chievo-keeper Stefano Sorrentino had knocked out required medical assistance.
But Bernardeschi ended with an assist from Alex Sandro to seal the first three points for the champions while they are on an eighth backward division title. – AFP