Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace was the difference as Juventus edge out Sampdoria in a keenly contested affair at the Allianz arena. The Portuguese International second minute opener was canceled by Fabio Quagliarella in the 33rd minute and the host began to dig deep in search of the winning goal.
They persevered until the 65th minute when the referee pointed to the spot after one the visitors defender handed the ball in their penalty area and Cristiano Ronaldo who came on during the midweek to restore parity for his side against Atlanta to ensured that his sides unbeaten run to the domestic league remain intact, dispatched the penalty kick to give them the lead. The match ended 2-1.
The five times ballon d’or winner then revealed at the end of the match while fielding questions from journalists that he is happy at how they have ended the first round of the season.
What he said in full:
“The team is doing very well, we had an excellent first half to the season, but must keep working to ensure we keep this kind of form in the second half of the season.”