(Italian league) Ronaldo gives Khedira a headache

Sports | 11 Feb 2019 4:56 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo played a role in all three Juventus goals yesterday, but he also almost knocked out a teammate.

The incident occurred an hour into Juve's 3-0 win at Sassuolo as Ronaldo kicked the ball straight into the face of teammate Sami Khedira, who instantly fell to the ground.

Ronaldo had earlier helped Khedira score the opening goal, so the German World Cup winner was able to see the funny side.

Khedira posted a picture on twitter of him and Ronaldo , with the words: "Back to winning ways with a great team performance in Sassuolo. Thanks for the headache tonight @Cristiano ...''

Coach Massimiliano Allegri would was less amused by some aspects of his team's performance.

There were none of the terrible defensive lapses seen in last weekend's 3-3 draw against Parma but Juventus still appeared vulnerable at times in defense, particularly at the beginning of the match.

"We started with a misplaced pass and (Wojciech) Szczesny made an extraordinary save, which could've easily been a penalty, but after a quarter of an hour we started to play,'' Allegri said.

Szczesny almost gifted Sassuolo an equalizer as he scuffed a clearance way out of his area but Domenico Berardi's long-range attempt was just wide of the open goal.

Juventus were again without its famed BBC defense of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini but will be hoping to have them back for the first leg of the Champions League match at Atletico Madrid on February 20.

BACK IN FORM

Ivan Perisic and Radja Nainggolan appear to be back to something resembling their best form and helped halt Inter Milan's miserable run.

Nainggolan set up substitute Lautaro Martinez with a delightful threaded pass for the Argentina forward to fire Inter to a 1-0 win at Parma on Saturday.

It was the first time Nainggolan had been involved in an Inter goal since November 3, when he scored the last of his three goals for the club.

The victory at Parma ended a four-match winless streak for Inter in all competitions.-AP

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