De Ligt makes Juventus return in win over Cagliari

De Ligt makes Juventus return in win over Cagliari

Ronaldo has an impressive return of eight goals in five Serie A appearances so far this campaign.

- Fabio Paratici, football director of Juventus Turin, said this Saturday, in the prolegómenos of the league match against Cagliari, that the future of Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo is in the youth team.

Federico Bernardeschi rounded off a flowing team move with a thumping finish after 11 minutes but the goal was ruled out due to Alvaro Morata being offside in the build-up.

"Ciro's a leader, scoring a very important goal in a hard match", said coach Simone Inzaghi, whose side host Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Champions League next week.

Elsewhere, Atalanta shared the spoils with newly-promoted Spezia 0-0.

Atalanta are sixth, equal on points with seventh-placed Lazio after eight games.

"We needed a match like this", said Pirlo.

The Old Lady broke the deadlock in the 38th minute as Ronaldo cut inside from the left before firing an unstoppable shot.

Juve had the chance to score the third in the second half, but Demiral's header cannoned off the woodwork.

Ciro Immobile marked his recovery from the coronavirus with a goal to send Lazio on its way to victory at last-place Crotone.

Rock bottom Crotone fell to their sixth defeat in eight games as they remain winless in their return to the top flight after two seasons in Serie B. But it went ahead despite the ball barely rolling and water splashing up from the waterlogged pitch as the players ran.

Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta stalled before their big match at Anfield in four days' time, being held to a second consecutive stalemate.

Spezia, in 12th, could thank goalkeeper Ivan Provedel for the point with a double save from Mario Pasalic and Gosens, with the Croatian denied again late on.

It was Immobile's first match in almost three weeks after being ruled out with COVID-19, which also kept him out of Italy's three matches.

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