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Juventus Draws 2-2 With Udinese As Ronaldo Misses Out Of The Squad

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Cristiano Ronaldo missed out of Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri’s squad as Juventus drew their Serie A opener over Udinese by 2-2 goals.

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With ongoing speculation circling his future, reports suggested Ronaldo asked not to be picked.

But Juve director Pavel Nedved denied the rumours, insisting it was a “shared decision” not to start the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

“He is absolutely staying at Juventus,” Nedved said.

Ronaldo, 36, replaced Alvaro Morata on 60 minutes and thought he had headed in a stoppage-time winner from Federico Chiesa’s cross, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.

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Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri also played down the decision to start with Ronaldo on the bench, telling the same broadcaster: “Cristiano is OK.

“It’s the start of the season and seeing the condition everyone is in and thinking about the game, especially at the beginning, I put him on the bench knowing that there would be a need for him to come on.

“He made himself available, like everyone. He played well, even scored a goal but unfortunately it didn’t stand.”


Returning boss Allegri chose Morata to lead the line in a front three that also included Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado, who were both on target.

Dybala opened the scoring inside three minutes, before Cuadrado doubled the lead with a low drive.

Roberto Pereyra pulled a goal back for Udinese with a penalty against his former club after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s clumsy lunge on Tolgay Arslan.

The hosts equalised in dramatic fashion as former Everton and Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu’s 83rd-minute strike stood after VAR overturned the on-field decision that had ruled it out.


Written by Ishaq Mustafa

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