Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus maintain their perfect start to the season with a goal at Udinese at the end of a week overshadowed by the reopening of a police investigation into a rape allegation made against the Portugal forward, the Guardian reports.
Rodrigo Bentancur scored the opener as Juventus made it 10 wins from 10 competitive games and moved to 24 points in Serie A, nine ahead of second‑placed Napoli, who host Sassuolo on Sunday.
But Ronaldo was the focus of attention in his first game since police in America responded to the claims made in the German magazine Der Spiegel. The Portuguese forward’s goal secured a 2-0 victory.
The Uruguay midfielder Bentancur’s goal was his first since joining Juventus at the start of last season while Ronaldo took his tally to four since his move from Real Madrid. Juve dominated the opening half-hour and broke through in the 33rd minute with a counterattack as Bentancur set João Cancelo away on the right and headed in the Portugal full back’s pinpoint cross.
Four minutes later Mario Mandzukic won a loose ball in the penalty area and teed the ball up for Ronaldo to fire a venomous drive past Simone Scuffet.
Antonin Barak hit the post for Udinese and Kevin Lasagna had a shot cleared off the line either side of half-time but, otherwise, Juventus continued to dominate. Federico Bernardeschi and Ronaldo were denied further goals by Scuffet, who also tipped a Cancelo shot on to the crossbar. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant goal as Juventus maintained their 100% winning start by beating Udinese. It comes during a week in which the Portugal forward “firmly” denied rape allegations.
Rodrigo Bentancur had headed in the opener for Serie A champions Juve, while Antonin Barak struck the foot of the post for the home side.
Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet made a series of saves, the best of which was to keep out Joao Cancelo’s effort.
The victory means Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve side have eight wins out of eight in the league this season.
Ronaldo returned to the starting line-up after missing the 3-0 Champions League win over Young Boys in midweek through suspension. He was heavily involved in his side’s attacking play, and had headed one chance over the bar before netting Juventus’ second goal with a crisp finish into the far corner from Mario Mandzukic’s lay off.
In the second half, he had two low strikes kept out by the excellent Scuffet, who also dived sharply low to his right to deny Federico Bernardeschi after the substitute was set up by Ronaldo.
Juve are back in action after the international break at home to Genoa.