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Ronaldo makes winning start

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo (right) in action during yesterday's Serie A match against Chievo Verona.

VERONA, Italy (AP):

A smile, a wink and a thumbs up: Cristiano Ronaldo didn't seem too perturbed at not scoring on his Juventus debut.

The 33-year-old forward appeared relaxed after yesterday's 3-2 victory against Chievo Verona and, although Ronaldo did not stop to speak to reporters, he responded with those gestures when asked how he felt his debut had gone.

His coach wasn't too troubled either.

"Cristiano Ronaldo had a good game. He had several shots on goal. Today he didn't score because clearly it was written somewhere that he wouldn't score," said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri with a smile.

For the thousands of fans who descended on the medieval city of Verona, this was one of the rare occasions when the five-time world player of the year couldn't score.

Ronaldo had scored in both preseason friendlies he played for Juventus since his surprise 112 million euro move from Real Madrid but could not find the back of the net on his competitive debut.

And it was up to Federico Bernardeschi to rescue Juventus with a stoppage-time winner, as the Bianconeri fought back from a goal down to beat Chievo and get their pursuit of an eighth straight league title off to a winning start. The other strikes for the winners came from Sami Khedira and an own goal. Marius Stepinski and Emanuele Giaccherini scored for Chievo.