Cristiano Ronaldo Blocks Paulo Dybala's Goal-Bound Strike, Juventus Go On To Draw
Cristiano Ronaldo blocked Paulo Dybala's goal-bound strike against Sassuolo this afternoon as Juventus went on to drop points in Serie A.
Maurizio Sarri's side drew 2-2 with Sassuolo in a result which sees Inter Milan move top of the league after victory over Spal this afternoon.
But it could have been a different story if Ronaldo hadn't blocked Dybala's certain goal.
Who is Maldini in this game.
Cristiano Ronaldo aka the greatest defender of all time. pic.twitter.com/ssNGIqO2Rc
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The Argentine found himself in space inside the box and swiveled to take aim at young goalkeeper Stefano Turati.
But Ronaldo was positioned in the six yard box and prevented Dybala's shot from troubling the goalkeeper.
Juve remain unbeaten this season but are one point behind Inter as they look to be locked in a rare title fight in Italy.
They took the lead through Leonardo Bonucci in the opening 20 minutes but Sassuolo fired back with an exquisite chip from Jeremie Boga.
:scream: An OUTRAGEOUS goal from Jeremie Boga!
:clap: Sassuolo strike back immediately as brilliant buildup play from Boga is more than matched by the dinked finish over Buffon! pic.twitter.com/7lBy2IoxyZ
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Franceso Caputo went on to put Sassuolo ahead after a mi-up between Matthijs de Ligt and Gianluigi Buffon.
Buffon's performance was a cause of concern for many, with the veteran shot-stopper's errors being highlighted on Twitter.
De Ligt, Cuadrado and Buffon all involved in the mistake leading to Sassuolo's goal! :sweat_smile:
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But 'The Old Lady' won a penalty in the second half which Ronaldo scored to ensure the points were shared.
The 34-year-old's goal was his first in club football in over a month.
Sarri spoke after the game and lamented the two points dropped by his side.
He told DAZN per Football-Italia:
"It wasn't a negative performance, but we opened up far too many spaces, lost the ball cheaply and didn't use our brains. It went better in the second half, but in the first we got the feeling there wasn't enough focus.
"We made some really daft errors, conceding a goal because we were too sluggish tracking back. The build-up play was slow too, the midfield movements were off. I think it was because we were coming off two very stressful games and it wasn't easy to recharge the batteries.
"The team lacked a bit of brain and soul. The reaction came at the end and we could even have won it."