Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is facing disciplinary action for his celebration after one of the three goals he scored in last week’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Uefa said the Portuguese would face a hearing on Thursday for “improper conduct” during the last-16 second leg match, where Juventus completed a 3-2 aggregate win.
Ronaldo made a similar gesture to Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who celebrated his team’s opening goal in the first leg by turning to the crowd and putting his hands on his trousers. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Simeone was fined 20 000 euros ($22 708) for the incident but escaped a touchline ban for the return match. Juventus face Ajax Amsterdam in their quarterfinal.
Cristiano Ronaldo was rested and Juventus crashed to their first Serie A defeat of the season at Genoa on Sunday following their Champions League heroics, as Inter won a fiery Milan derby clash 3-2 to move into third ahead of city rivals AC Milan.
Ronaldo had fired Juventus into the European quarterfinals with a comeback victory over Atletico Madrid last Tuesday.
Without him the team slumped to a 2-0 defeat but still remain comfortably on track for an eighth consecutive league title.
Juventus’s lead was cut to 15 points by Napoli who got back winning, prevailing 4-2 against Udinese after goalkeeper David Ospina collapsed on the pitch after suffering a head injury.
The on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper was later given the all clear following a CT scan at a Naples hospital. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
Juventus had won 24 of their 27 previous matches in Serie A this season with three draws, including a 1-1 stalemate against Genoa in Turin.
Continue reading “Juventus lose without Ronaldo, Inter go third with Milan derby win”
AC Milan held Lazio to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal in Rome on Tuesday as the home side wasted numerous chances.
The 2013 winners had plenty of opportunities to claim an advantage, including Ciro Immobile’s delicate lob in the second half, but Gennaro Gattuso’s side will return to the San Siro the happier of the teams.
“The regret is that we didn’t manage to score,” Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi said.
“We were only missing a goal. But the lads put in a great performance, were always very focused against Milan, who are the form team in Serie A right now.”
After a poor opening quarter of an hour as both teams failed to assert any control, the ball broke to Lucas Paqueta in the home side’s box.
Tiemoue Bakayoko’s deflected shot fell to Paqueta but his shot was weak in threatening Thomas Strakosha. Continue reading “Milan hold Lazio to dull draw in Coppa Italia semi”
Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty two minutes from time as Serie A leaders Juventus came from behind to win 2-1 at Lazio and go 11 points clear at the top on Sunday.
Lazio dominated the first hour and went ahead with an Emre Can own goal in the 59th minute before Joao Cancelo levelled for Juve in the 74th, four minutes after coming on as a substitute.
The Portuguese also won the penalty which allowed his compatriot Ronaldo, who missed a spot-kick against Chievo in his last game, to score his 15th league goal of the season.
Juventus, chasing an eighth successive title, have 59 points out of a possible 63, while second-placed Napoli are on 48 after their 0-0 draw at AC Milan on Saturday. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Lazio are seventh after continuing their dismal run against Serie A’s so-called big teams – Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, AS Roma and Napoli. They have taken only one point in seven games this season against sides from that group. Continue reading “Late Ronaldo penalty help Juvetus to sink Lazio”
Torino are unbeaten in their last three games and they head into the weekend’s action only four points off fourth place.
Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Young Boys in the Champions League in midweek but still managed to secure top spot as Manchester United also lost. Max Allegri will demand a response from his players.
Torino can be happy with their season so far but they will need to be even better if they are to get a positive result against Juventus. The Old Lady have only dropped points in the league once this season and should return to winning ways here.
Team News- Torino- Cristian Ansaldi is finally back at full fitness and might keep Ola Aina on the bench.
Daniele Baselli is reportedly a doubt, which means Roberto Soriano could start instead. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Former Juventus duo Simone Zaza and Tomas Rincon will have to settle for places on the bench. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Torino vs Juventus”
Cristiano Ronaldo has urged long-time rival Lionel Messi to be more like him and push his limits by challenging himself in another league than Spain.
“I’d like him to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that,” Ronaldo told the Italian press on Monday.
The two strikers have been rivals for the past decade winning five Ballon d’Or trophies each before their domination was broken by World Cup runner-up Luka Modric last week.
Asked if he missed the 31-year-old Argentinian, who has spent his entire senior career at Barcelona, Ronaldo replied: “No, maybe it’s him who misses me …
“I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain.
“Maybe he needs me more… For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. Bet Now
“He’s a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don’t miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.
“I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin, everything has gone well, I’ve proven I’m still an incredible player,” said Ronaldo. Continue reading “Messi should try something new or come to Italy – Ronaldo”
Juventus have only dropped two of the 42 points available in Serie A so far this season. It is in their DNA to win every single match.
Inter have dropped points in two of their last three league matches but are still five points clear of fifth.
Inter Milan may have one eye on their final Champions League group game next week, but the idea of being the first side to beat Juventus in Serie A this season should really motivate them on Friday night.
Juventus- Alex Sandro is still carrying a minor injury and may not be risked on Friday night ahead of Juventus’ busy December schedule.
Paulo Dybala isn’t scoring as much this season but is still an integral part of Massimiliano Allegri’s plans. The Argentine will find space in the starting XI against Inter. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Rodrigo Bentancur is arguably Juventus’ most in-form player at the moment. He is guarenteed a starting berth, though Emre Can has been tipped with a return to the matchday squad here. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Inter Milan”
Inter Milan’s Argentina striker Mauro Icardi won the Serie A Footballer of the Year award at the Gran Gala del Calcio ceremony in Milan on Monday night.
The 25-year-old becomes the first player outside Juventus to win the Italian Players’ Association award, voted for by his peers, since Zlatan Ibrahimovic with AC Milan in 2011.
Icardi was joint top scorer with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile in Serie A last season with 29 goals.
The Argentine also won the best goal award for his spectacular backheel during a four-goal haul against Sampdoria last March.
Icardi disagreed with the choice, insisting his “one (goal) at AC Milan was more beautiful”. Start forecasting your midweek fixtures Now
Juventus were voted top team with Massimiliano Allegri winning coach of the year after the Turin side won a league and Cup double for the fourth consecutive year. Continue reading “Mauro Icardi wins Serie A footballer of year award”
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has urged his side to step on the gas in December to tighten their grip on an eighth successive Serie A title before they turn their focus back to their Champions League pursuit in February.
The Italian champions booked their ticket to the knockout rounds of the elite European competition with a game to spare this week with Cristiano Ronaldo setting up Mario Mandzukic to score the only goal against Valencia.
Next up will be a trip to Tuscany side Fiorentina on Saturday, the first of six league games before the end of 2018, which includes home games against European rivals Inter Milan and Roma in Turin.
“We have reached the first goal with Champions League qualification, now we must maintain the same energy throughout December,” said Allegri.
Juventus are eight points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who were held to a goalless draw against bottom club Chievo last weekend.
But Allegri said: “We still have lots of matches to play, by dropping three points you might lose the championships in the end. JOIN NOW
“We hope to bring all the trophies home.” Continue reading “Juventus ready to step up their games against Florence”
AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain has apologised for getting dismissed against Juventus, the club that sent him to San Siro on loan this season, during a 2-0 defeat on Sunday in which he also missed a first-half penalty.
Enraged after being penalised following a collision with Juventus defender Medhi Benatia, the former Real Madrid and Napoli forward was booked for dissent, then given another yellow immediately afterward for continuing to protest.
“First of all, I want to apologise to the team, the coach, the supporters and the referee for my reaction,” Higuain said.
“I take responsibility for what happened. Obviously, I hope that it doesn’t happen again. It was one of those moments — we were losing, I missed a penalty and we aren’t robots but people. But I don’t want to try and justify my actions.” Bet Now on NaijaBet
Juventus loaned Higuain to Milan for one year — with an option to buy — in August after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, and the Argentine reiterated that it was not his decision to leave. Continue reading “Higuain apologises for sending off against Juventus”
Cristiano Ronaldo scored as Juventus bounced back from their midweek Champions League defeat by Manchester United with a 2-0 win over 10-man AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday, as Gonzalo Higuain missed a penalty before being sent off for the hosts.
Mario Mandzukic headed in the opener in the eighth minute at the San Siro with Ronaldo adding a second on 81 minutes as Juventus maintained their six-point cushion ahead of the international break.
It got the defending seven-time Serie A champions back on track after suffering their first defeat of the season by United following two late goals despite Ronaldo’s stunning volley.
“Winning tonight was the only way to put aside what happened in the final five minutes of the Champions League game,” said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.
“It was important to win without conceding a goal and to regain the six-point advantage over Napoli who are having an excellent championship.”
A third loss of the campaign, however, saw AC Milan drop out of the Champions League places behind Lazio who moved back into fourth despite a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo. Continue reading “Ronaldo scored, as Juventus keeps flying high”
AC Milan has won five of their last six games in Serie A and has only lost one of their last 10 in the league. Alessio Romagnoli has scored dramatic stoppage-time winners in their last two league outings.
Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on home soil in midweek, their first defeat of the season in any competition. In Serie A they have won 10 of their first 11 matches, drawing the other.
There is a reason the Old Lady have not lost successive matches since August 2015 and they should respond in typical Juventus fashion on Sunday night.
AC Milan- Ivan Strinic, Mattia Caldara, Davide Calabria and Lucas Biglia are all sidelined for AC Milan, while Gennaro Gattuso has a raft of other injury concerns as well. Bet Now
Gonzalo Higuain is the main one and the Argentina international will be desperate to recover from injury in time to face off against his former club.
Juventus- With Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa both at risk of missing out for the second game in a row, Massimiliano Allegri may be limited in what he can do in attack. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: AC Milan vs Juventus”
Italian goalkeeping “legend” Gianluigi Buffon will start for Paris Saint-Germain when they face Lille and Napoli in the coming days, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said on Thursday.
Buffon, who joined the Ligue 1 giants in the summer from Juventus, last played for PSG in a 5-0 league win over Lyon on October 7 as he alternates with French shot-stopper Alphonse Areola.
The 40-year-old World Cup winner was suspended for PSG’s opening three Champions League group games.
But he is set to replace Areola in Friday’s league fixture with Lille and again in Naples on Tuesday when PSG will be battling for a win to salvage their flagging Champions League campaign.
“He plays a very important role for us because he’s a legend,” Tuchel said.
“He’s had a great career and has a lot of experience. He’s crucial for us thanks to his approach to the game. LIVE matches Bet Now NaijaBet
“It’s very important that he’s here and that he speaks to everyone to share his experience.” Continue reading “Gianluigi Buffon to start against Lille, Napoli”
Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice, including a thunderous 25-yard drive, as Italian champions Juventus surged seven points clear in Serie A on Saturday following a battling 2-1 victory at Empoli.
Empoli, without a win since the opening weekend of the season, grabbed a 28th-minute lead at the Stadio Carlo Castellani as Francesco Caputo curled home following a lung-busting run by Afriyie Acquah.
But Juventus turned to their €100-million man Ronaldo in the second half, as the Portugal forward equalised from the spot before blasting home a magnificent second to secure a ninth win in 10 Serie A matches for Massimiliano Allegri’s team.
“It was a very complicated game. We knew it would be difficult, especially after a Champions League tie and we were a bit tired,” Ronaldo said.
“We stayed in the game, increased our possession, created more chances after the break and in the end deserved the victory. Bet Now
“I don’t remember the goal very well, I’ll have to watch it again! It all happened very quickly, but I felt confident and I went for the goal.”
After Caputo’s opener, the hosts appealed for a penalty when Miha Zajc’s shot glanced the arm of Leonardo Bonucci as he attempted to charge down the attempt, but the referee opted against punishing the Italy defender after reviewing the incident on video. Continue reading “Ronaldo shines as Juventus sinks Empoli”
Empoli are without a win in eight games but did at least draw with relegation rivals Frosinone last time out.
Juventus have started the season with 11 wins from 12, drawing to Genoa last weekend.
Juventus were fantastic away to Manchester United in midweek and will be full of confidence on Saturday.
Empoli- Luca Antonelli and Manuel Pasqual will keep rotating at left-back, with the latter expected to sit out here. Bet Now
Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli is contemplating two systems: a 4-3-1-2 with Antonino La Gumina up front or a 4-3-2-1 with Rade Krunic pushed forward. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Empoli vs Juventus”
AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain said he was treated very well by Juventus – right until the moment they forced him out of the club to make way for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Higuain moved to Milan on loan in August after two seasons at Juventus, where he won two Serie A and Coppa Italia titles and scored 55 goals in 105 appearances in all competitions.
His departure, which he said was not his decision, came shortly after the Turin side signed five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
Higuain said in an interview published on Thursday that he felt something was amiss when he was left on the bench for the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan in May. Place bet on Live matches 24/7
“That day, I had the feeling inside that maybe something had broken down. And then they signed Ronaldo,” he said. Continue reading “Juventus forced me out because of Ronaldo – Higuain”
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici said on Monday it was not easy to replace a player of the calibre of Cristiano Ronaldo as he also dismissed a return to Italy for Manchester United’s French World Cup winner Paul Pogba.
Ronaldo, 33, joined Juventus from Real Madrid last summer for €100 million.
The Spanish club has lost three and drawn one of their last four matches and are currently fourth in La Liga.
“Ronaldo is probably the best player in the history of the game so he isn’t easy to replace,” Paratici told journalists at the Manlio Scopigno ceremony at Rieti in central Italy after receiving a “Manager of the Year” award. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
Paratici revealed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had been keen from the outset to join Juventus.
“We talked about it initially, and straight away we got the feeling he wanted to join us, which was a huge advantage,” he said.
“Real Madrid had a gentleman’s agreement with him, the ownership kicked things off and negotiations began.” Continue reading “Cristiano Ronaldo is not easy to replace – Fabio Paratici”
Italian champions Juventus on Thursday broke their silence over rape allegations against their superstar player Cristiano Ronaldo, saying the claims made by an American model do not change their opinion of the Portuguese striker, but US sportswear giant Nike said it was “deeply concerned”.
“Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus,” the defending Serie A champions said on Twitter.
“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”
Juventus later posted a video on You Tube and Twitter showing Ronaldo working up a sweat as he trained with his teammates at the team’s Continassa centre in Turin for Saturday’s league game against Udinese.
“Juventus go for goal. Cristiano Ronaldo finds the target!,” read the caption beside the video.
Juventus’s tweets were widely panned on social media as “shockingly dismissive and insensitive”. Continue reading “‘Rape allegations do not change opinion of Ronaldo’- Juventus”
Juve has won all of their seven official games so far, but they have only met two opponents that could actually cause them some trouble.
This will be a further test for this Juventus side, which is somehow different from the old one both given the new arrivals, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, and some players that seem to have stepped up in the summer, like Federico Bernardeschi.
Napoli has improved after some initial setbacks, and have only dropped points in the league to Sampdoria. While the performance in Belgrade may not have been brilliant, the Partenopei seem to be focused once again in the domestic league.
The gap between the two sides in the table is just three points, but Napoli cannot afford to let Juve get further away. Juventus do not need to win this match as they always aim for the end prize, and a draw would keep them on top of the table and unbeaten this campaign. Bet Now
But settling for the draw is not really in Juventus’ tradition, and they will surely want to send an early message to Napoli, who once again seem to be their only title contenders.
Juventus- Paulo Dybala has played in consecutive games, while Mario Mandzukic featured on the bench against Frosinone. Continue reading “Serie A Match Preview: Juventus vs Napoli”
Cristiano Ronaldo erased the frustration of his Champions League red card by scoring the opener and setting up Federico Bernardeschi for a second as Juventus maintained their perfect record in Serie A after five games with a 2-0 win at promoted Frosinone on Sunday.
The Portuguese star had threatened several times at the Stadio Benito Stirpe but finally found a way through nine minutes from time, and then helped substitute Bernardeschi to score Juve’s second four minutes into injury time.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had scored his first goals last week with a double in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo, before the 33-year-old was sent off in tears on Wednesday in a 2-0 Champions League win over Valencia.
Juventus — the only unbeaten team in Serie A — have 15 points from five games, three points ahead of Napoli who beat Torino 3-1 earlier on Sunday.
Seven-time reigning champions Juventus and Napoli, last season’s runners-up, will go head-to-head next Saturday in Turin.
Frosinone had frustrated the champions for long periods but caved in late and have now conceded 12 goals to remain second bottom of the table with just one point. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“We expected this type of match. Frosinone had conceded five (goals) to Sampdoria and we played with 10 men for 70 minutes against Valencia on Wednesday,” Allegri said. Continue reading “Ronaldo shine as Juventus stay perfect in Serie A”
Cristiano Ronaldo picks himself up and gets back to business in Serie A against promoted Frosinone on Sunday after his return to Spain in the Champions League ended in a tearful sending off against Valencia.
The former Real Madrid star collapsed dramatically on the pitch after being handed a controversial red card just days after his first goals for Juventus saw the champions keep their 100 percent record to pull three points clear at the top of the Serie A table.
Juventus beat Valencia anyway thanks to two Miralem Pjanic penalties.
And after securing a winning start to the European campaign which is their focus this season, the Turin giants look to keep their quest for an eighth straight domestic title on track with a trip to Frosinone. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
Coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident that Ronaldo, 33, will be back to business against a side from outside Rome who are second from bottom of the league with one point.
“He was upset and he needs time to calm down. He needs to rise above it and focus on Sunday, even if these things leave a bitter taste in the mouth,” said the coach. Continue reading “Crying Ronaldo picks himself up for SerieA trip to Frosinone”
Juventus have won their first three league games and are already two points clear at the top of Serie A.
Sassuolo start the weekend as Juventus’ closest challengers after making a surprise start to the season.
The Neroverdi have scored more goals than any other team in the division this season (8).
Juventus are favourites but Sassuolo will hope the Old Lady suffer from a lapse in concentration with the start of the Champions League a few days away.
Juventus- Massimiliano Allegri is expected to pick most of his team based on who featured the least during the international break or who had the shortest trip. Various SerieA Betting Options are available on Site
Cristiano Ronaldo skipped the break with Portugal to fine-tune his game with Juventus after a disappointing start to life in Italy.
Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa might all be rested this weekend with an eye on their Champions League opener against Valencia next week. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Sassuolo”
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will “sooner or later” become coach of Serie A giants Inter Milan, his sister and agent claimed on Sunday.
“I think it’s only a matter of time. He loves the club, the atmosphere and living in Milan. Inter is a side he would really love to coach,” Natalia Simeone said in quotes in the Italian press.
Former Argentina international Simeone spent two years as a player with Inter, whom he joined from Atletico Madrid in 1997, winning a Serie A title and the Uefa Cup.
He then went on to play for four years with another Italian club, Lazio, before returning to Atletico Madrid. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7
“Diego said it too, sooner or later, he’ll end up at Inter,” said Natalia.
“Inter is a team that he would like to coach so much, but he has remained very close to Lazio, too.” Continue reading “Simeone will love to coach Inter later says agent”
Cristiano Ronaldo faces Sassuolo on Sunday still chasing his maiden competitive goal for Italian champions Juventus before he returns to Spain for the first time in the Champions League.
Bolstered by five-time winner Ronaldo, Juventus begin their quest for the Champions League title which has eluded them since 1996 in Valencia next Wednesday.
Despite a seventh straight Serie A title last season the Turin giants plunged into the red with a €19.2-million loss as a result of their European quarterfinal exit.
Serie A returns after a two-week international break with former Real Madrid player Ronaldo having skipped Portugal duty to focus on his new club, just as his teammate, Croatia’s World Cup runner-up Mario Mandzukic, did. Bet Now on NaijaBet
During the break the 33-year-old was pictured relaxing on board his yacht off St Tropez on the French Riveria.
“Vitamin D,” wrote the five-time Ballon d’Or winner under a photo of him lounging on the deck of his yacht. Continue reading “SerieA resumes as Ronaldo chases first Juventus goal”