Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first two goals for Juventus as the Italian champions maintained their perfect start to the season.
Ronaldo, goalless in his first three games since his move from Real Madrid, tapped in shortly after half-time. It’s probably the worst goal he’s ever scored but Cristiano Ronaldo won’t mind one bit as he’s finally got off the mark for Juventus.
He's off the mark! @Cristiano won't care that it's probably the easiest goal of his career. He is up and running and his three-and-a-half game drought (!) is over. It's @juventusfcen 1 – @SassuoloUS 0. Up and running! Subscribe – https://t.co/YbI6T6O8MU #CR7 #Ronaldo #Juve pic.twitter.com/IXWfTcdRI2
— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) September 16, 2018
The 33-year-old then finished off a rapid counter-attack by shooting into the bottom corner after 65 minutes to bag a brace.
Sassuolo pulled one back in added time via Khouma Babacar and Douglas Costa was sent off but the hosts held on.
Sono molto felice di aver segnato la mia prima doppietta con la maglia della Juve e soprattutto di aver contribuito a questa importante vittoria della squadra!👍🏽⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Hgk1kz0Xww
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) September 16, 2018
Juve’s Brazilian winger was dismissed after a video assistant referee intervention for spitting at Federico di Francesco, having aimed a headbutt at the same player and appeared to try to elbow him.
Ronaldo could have completed a hat-trick late on but missed two easy chances from inside the penalty area.
Watch his second goal….
Following his £99 million move from Real Madrid, the five-time Ballon d’Or failed to get on the scoresheet against Chievo, Lazio and Parma – and at one point his son, Cristiano Jr, was outperforming him after going goal crazy for the Bianconeri youth squad.
The win is Juventus’ fourth from four games this season.