Verona 2-1 Juventus, Ronaldo Strikes But Juve Lose (Details, Photo & Highlight)
Ronaldo had apparently secured Juve a difficult win together with his fine individual goal twenty five minutes from time, however Verona – who definitely had their fair proportion of opportunities – levelled through Fabio Borini and then surprisingly completed the turnaround with a Giampaolo Pazzini penalty.
An action-packed half brought a number of probabilities however no goals, as Marash Kumbulla had an early header disallowed and Juve hit crossbar and post severally through Douglas Costa and also the Ronaldo.
The playing period was typically a cagier affair till Ronaldo claimed a club record within the sixty fifth minute, taking his Serie A tally to twenty for the season, however Borini scored for only the second time this term and Pazzini converted from twelve yards to grant Juve’s title challengers inter and Lazio a lift after Leonardo Bonucci handled.
A engrossing start saw each side go close ahead of time, with Davide Faraoni forcing Wojciech Szczesny into an acrobatic stop before Costa’s rasping drive hit the bar at the opposite end.
Kumbulla then had a marginal offside decision deny him the opening goal in twenty first minute, with a volt-ampere review frugal Juve.
Despite Verona’s unchallenged threat, Juventus continuing to stress them at the back – Ronaldo nearly putt the old lady ahead thrice within the 9 minutes before half-time, as well as with a 20-yard effort that hit the right-hand post.
Ronaldo eventually broke the standstill once he was played in over the top by Rodrigo Bentancur, the Portugal great holding off amir Rrahmani before a stepover gained him just enough area to clinically pick out the bottom-left corner.
But Borini swept home a superb end to equalise fourteen minutes from time, capitalising on Miralem Pjanic’s error, and Pazzini emphatically made the foremost of a penalty late on – Bonucci punished for deflecting Kumbulla’s header on to the bar together with his arm, and Juve didn’t mount a response.