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2018/2019 Italian Serie A
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (50', 65')
  • Douglas Costa (90'+3')
  • Khouma Babacar (90'+1')

Cristiano Ronaldo ends goal drought as Juventus beat Sassuolo to continue winning run

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Juventus 2-1 Sassuolo: Ronaldo nets first goals with Juve (3:14)

Cristiano scored his first goal with Juventus in the 50th minute and added a second goal 15 minutes later as Juventus defeated Sassuolo 2-1. (3:14)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for Juventus as they beat Sassuolo 2-1 to continue their perfect start to the Serie A season.

Ronaldo had failed to score in his first three matches since a €100 million move from Real Madrid, but he came good in style as Juve won a fourth game in succession to remain top of the table.

In the 50th minute Sassuolo defender Gian Marco Ferrari could only head a Juventus corner onto the left post and Ronaldo was waiting to volley in a rebound from less than two yards out.

Ronaldo added a second 15 minutes later when he finished off a swift counterattack with a precise finish into the bottom right corner.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was denied a hat trick by a fine save from Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli, while he also mishit a clear opportunity late on.

Substitute Khouma Babacar pulled one back for Sassuolo in the final minute.

Juventus, seeking a record-extending eighth successive Serie A title, are the only team still with a perfect record.

Juve midfielder Douglas Costa was sent off in stoppage time after spitting at Federico Di Francesco having become involved in a running feud with the Sassuolo midfielder.

Costa escaped with a booking for elbowing and then head-butting his rival as they tangled before the Sassuolo goal but was then sent off after video cameras caught him spitting at the same player in another altercation.

Information from the Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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