Juventus - Serie A - 18 August 2018

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Juventus left it late to bring Cristiano Ronaldo his first win in Serie A, after Chievo put up a hell of a fight against the reigning champions. It beat Chievo Verona 3-2 despite entering the 75th minute down 2-1.

Ronaldo wasn't the only one to be made to sing an initiation song. The most pleasing thing from the Bianconeri's point of view was that others stepped up and they found a way to win.

WORST PLAYER - Hooked just before the hour mark, it's fair to say Juan Cuadrado didn't have his best game against Chievo.

Mario Mandzukic's header is cleared off the line but no goal is given on the pitch.

Yet Bernardeschi's introduction from the bench changed all that as he produced the corner from which Bani scored an own goal before grabbing the victor himself.

The champions wasted no time going ahead thanks to an early strike from Sami Khedira.

Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski headed in a 37th-minute equaliser for Chievo with Emanuele Giaccherini slotting in a penalty after 56 minutes following a foul by new Juventus signing Joao Cancelo.

Bernardeschi was called for immediately after Juve fell behind and having provided the corner from which they levelled, the winger was then in the right place at the right time to score the victor. "He's a different footballer, you can see that". CR7 has come a long way - and scored a few goals - since making his debut for Sporting in 2002.

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Juventus, who spent a part of preseason in the United States, came together as a squad for the first time just a week ago.

In the second half, Ronaldo created for himself. He spun inside from the left, and, with his momentum nearly taking him away from goal, picked out the far corner.

His curling shot was heading for the side netting.

In a frantic finale substitute Bernardeschi scored the victor after Mario Mandzukic had a goal disallowed as a result of Sorrentino's knock with Ronaldo. In trademark fashion, he stepped up to it and tested Sorrentino again, but the keeper was up to the task.

Ronaldo was then involved in what could have been the victor. He challenged for a cross at the near post.

Paulo Dybala then struck into the arms of Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino moments later as Juventus started firmly on the front foot. With Sorrentino prone on the ground, Mario Mandzukic headed home what appeared to be the victor.

But Bernardeschi rendered Ronaldo's near misses irrelevant.

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