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Cristiano Ronaldo scores as Juventus defeat Sassuolo 2-1

16 September 2018

"I don't expect Ronaldo to do more or less than what he did in the first three games", said Allegri.

Juventus recorded their fourth successive Serie A win this afternoon with a 2-1 defeat of Sassuolo in Turin.

Ronaldo turned the ball into the net from two metres to give Juventus a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute after a Sassuolo defender headed the ball against his own post and the rebound left the Portugal forward with an empty net.

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 victor broke his duck just days after Juventus manager Max Allegri backed him to find form against Sassuolo.

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"Without taking away credit from Modric, I think Cristiano deserves the prize for what he did a year ago at Real Madrid", he said, referring to the fifteen European goals the footballer scored to lead his former club to conquer their thirteenth Champions League title.

Douglas Costa could face a lengthy ban after he was sent off for appearing to spit in the mouth of Federico Di Francesco.

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

The Brazil worldwide then appeared to spit directly into Di Francesco's mouth from point blank range and aimed a headbutt at his opponent.