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Juventus falls in the first match without Ronaldo

Juventus falls in the first match without Ronaldo

Juventus suffered a surprise defeat at home to newly promoted Empoli 1-0, in the first match for the old lady in the post-Portuguese era, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the second stage of the Italian Football League, which witnessed Lazio’s sweep of Spezia 6-1.

Leonardo Mancuso scored the game’s only goal in the 21st minute to give his team the three points, leaving the Bianconeri with an orphan point from two games.

Juventus tied the first match with Udinese by two goals away from home, in Ronaldo’s last appearance in the team’s shirt.

With this goal, the first for Empoli at the Juventus stadium since 2006, according to “Opta” statistics, it became the third time that Juventus failed to win in the first two games of the season out of 52 campaigns in the league.

The Portuguese star left Juventus, on Friday, before signing for his first team, Manchester United, in a move that shocked world football.

The absence of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and top scorer last season was evident on the pitch, with Massimiliano Allegri’s men failing to break through in front of goal.

Lazio swept its host Spezia 6-1, including a hat-trick for the team’s star Ciro Immobile, who will seek to be the top scorer after the departure of his rival Ronaldo from Juventus.

On the Olympic stadium, Maurizio Sarri managed to achieve his second successive victory with Lazio, even if his team needed to receive an early goal to enter the match, similar to the first stage in the 3-1 victory over Empoli.

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Spezia coach Thiago Motta’s men opened the scoring very early through Daniel Verdi in the fourth minute, but Immobile quickly put things back in order, realizing the equalizer in the fifth minute, before scoring his double in the 15th minute.

Before the end of the first half, Immobile missed the hat-trick for the first time, when Spezia goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet saved a penalty kick he took himself (45 + 1).

But Motta and his players did not have enough time to sigh, as Immobile quickly compensated by scoring a hat-trick in front of goal (45 + 2).

In the second half, Brazilian Felipe Anderson (47), Albanian Elcid Hessage (70), and Spaniard Luis Alberto (85) completed Lazio’s six.

In another match, Atalanta Bergamo fell to a goalless draw at home to Bologna.

It is noteworthy that Ronaldo leaves Turin with two titles in “Serie A”, one in the local cup and two in the Italian Super Cup. In the Champions League, although Bianconeri did not go beyond the quarter-finals in three seasons, Ronaldo consolidated his position as the top scorer in the continental competition with 134 goals compared to 120 for Messi.