Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo as Juventus Held in Verona



Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 19th goal in the campaign, but champion Juventus had to equalize 1–1 at Hellas Verona in Serie A on Saturday. The draw gives Inter Milan leaders a chance to draw Juventus’ 10 points while playing mid-table Genoa at the San Siro on Sunday. Juventus are in third place and second-placed AC Milan three points to take fourth place, two points behind the champions on Sunday.

“We managed to take the lead, which was the hardest part, it’s not a pity,” said Juve coach Andrea Pirlo.

Pirlo’s side paid for his many absences and injured Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Cielini and suspended Danilo.

Juan Cuadrado, Arthur and Paulo Dybala were also missing, with Alvaro Morata recovering from a viral infection.

“We lacked experienced players, we had many young players on the pitch and there are details that they don’t understand,” Piro continued.

“I asked Ronaldo and Alex Sandro to make my voice heard, but it wasn’t enough.”

Goalkeeper Wojciech Skjesny and Post saved Juventus within a few minutes of the game, and David Deradoni followed in the header to play at Stadio Bentegodi.

Ronaldo succumbed in four minutes after joining Federico Chiasa in a perfect lay-off.

Aaron Ramsey Daejan Kulusevski missed a chance for a second before the hour mark after a pull-back that was shut down by the Verona defense.

Antonin led Barack in an equalizer with a quarter of an hour to go and the hosts were denied being a late winner that featured a Darko Lajovic effort on the crossbar with Szeczsny.

– Immobel penalty miss –

Following a heavy defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Lazio’s European ambitions knocked off with a 2–0 defeat in Bologna.

Ciro Immobile missed a penalty with goals from both Ibrahima Mbaye and Nicola Censone in the half and sealed all three points from Bologna, who halted their 15-match Winner League run against Roman.

“The missed penalty set the tone for the game,” said Lazio coach Simone Inzgi.

Inzaghi’s side showed signs of fatigue as they crashed out of the 4–1 Champions League in the last 16–8, leading to the first leg loss to Leggers Bayern Munich.

“We should forget about these two defeats that hurt. An ambitious team like ours needs to roll up our sleeves and do better.”

Lazio has conceded defeat to the next host Torino after losing to Inter Milan in the league two weeks ago and ahead of a visit to Juventus.

Last season’s European Golden Shoe winner Imkol had a chance to score from the spot after snatching Joaquin Coria into the box due to goalkeeper Lukasz Skorpski’s effortless effort from the striker.

And in 11th place Bologna had success two minutes later when Pepe Reina tapped Maboy in the rebound after punting a Ricardo Orsolini volley.

Promoted

Moses Barrow set up Censon after 64 minutes, which ended as Lazio’s 19-game league scoring streak, two short runs of his record in 1956.

Lazio finished sixth with 43 points and could overtake Napoli on Sunday, while European rivals Atlanta travel to Sampadoria.

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