OnScene: Cristiano Ronaldo's Serie A debut for Juventus
ESPN FC brings you the latest coverage from Cristiano Ronaldo's debut at Juventus.
The reigning Serie A champions -- winners seven times in a row -- kick off their title defence against Chievo on Saturday, live on ESPN+.
Here's a look back at the 33-year-old's new start following his big money move from Real Madrid.
James Horncastle on Ronaldo's debut:
Mina Rzouki's Juventus player ratings:
Cristiano Ronaldo 6/10 as Juve win late in Verona— Gus Elvin (@gpelvin) August 18, 2018
Player Ratings: https://t.co/v0zZwO2QKB
What a start to the Serie A season
Juve finds a late winner
Federico Bernardeschi scores in the 93rd minute to rescue Juventus' season opener and make Cristiano Ronaldo a winner in his Serie A debut. What an ending. What a match.
Juve 3 -2 Chievo
Late VAR drama
The only thing that could overshadow Cristiano Ronaldo's debut? VAR, of course!
Mario Mandzukic's header is cleared off the line but no goal is given on the pitch. On replay the ball clearly crosses the line but the referee after VAR decides there was a foul on goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino ahead of the goal. No goal is given and Sorrentino is substituted off after a nasty clash with Ronaldo in the box.
It stays 2-2 and there will be five minutes of added time.
The moment Juventus pulled level via an own goal.
JUVE ARE LEVEL!
Leonardo Bonucci, who spent last season at AC Milan after seven seasons in Turin, tries to claim a return goal but it is friendly fire that does Chievo in. Federico Bernardeschi's corner results in an own goal by Mattia Bani, as Juve pull even at 2-2.
LA PAREGGIA @bonucci_leo19!!! FORZA RAGAZZI!!! 💪💪💪— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) August 18, 2018
Splendido stacco di testa del difensore, nel giorno del suo ritorno, su corner di @fbernardeschi.#ChievoJuve (2-2)#ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/yG6o6GAazp
Ronaldo getting closer
After having a long-range header stopped comfortably, a terrific curling Ronaldo effort is brilliant stopped by Stefano Sorrentino. Is this setting up for CR7 dramatics or will Ronny be frustrated on his Serie A debut?
2-1 Chievo after 73 minutes.
Chievo go ahead
After a dream start things are not going to script for Ronaldo and Juventus. Emanuele Giaccherini draws a penalty from Joao Cancelo and then converts the spot kick to pull the hosts ahead. Talk about a shock scoreline.
⚽️11'st - GOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!! #Chievo in vantaggio!!!!!! EMANUELEEEEEEEEE GIACCHERINIIIIIIIII!!! Dagli 11 metri non sbaglia spiazzando l'estremo difensore della #Juventus 👏👏👏👏 #ChievoJuve 2-1 💛💙 pic.twitter.com/xJPLhbxBFt— A.C. ChievoVerona (@ACChievoVerona) August 18, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo is a goal-scoring machine.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 18, 2018
The only question is: How many goals will he score? pic.twitter.com/1QXb13RT9o
All level at the break
Chievo answer back
Completely against the run of the play, the hosts strike from nowhere. Mariusz Stepinski is the goalscorer for Chievo as his well-taken header pulls the home side level. Can Chievo spoil the party?
American viewers can watch all the action from Ronaldo's debut. Launched in 2018, ESPN+ is the American soccer fan's home for a host of professional leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, the UEFA Nations League and the English FA Cup.
Here's a look at Sami Khedira's early opener for Juve.
Ronaldo's first real chance falls to him on 18 minutes but the Portuguese superstar pulls a low shot inches wide. You wouldn't bet against him opening his Italian account here.
Juve start quickly
The seven-time defending Serie A champions waste no time as Sami Khedira scores inside of three minutes to send the Bianconeri on there way in 2018-19.
Just about time now as Cristiano Ronaldo is minutes away from his Serie A debut. Still looks funny not in Real Madrid colours if you ask me.
The future begins now.— ESPN (@espn) August 18, 2018
Watch Ronaldo's Juventus debut now on ESPN+. pic.twitter.com/gwPrMkIOoH
Juventus team: Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Ronaldo
The champions arrive
Ronaldo and co arrive pic.twitter.com/hpb9oPrbMw— Mina Rzouki (@Minarzouki) August 18, 2018
Mina Rzouki is also there for us to see Ronaldo's debut and he's arrived at the stadium ahead of kick off. Team news not long now.
Ronaldo enjoyed incredible success in front of goal for Madrid as our nifty graphic shows, so what can we expect from him in Serie A?
Can Cristiano Ronaldo do for Juventus what he did for Real Madrid? 👀 pic.twitter.com/zd94JZi5Yt— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 18, 2018
The great man has his say on Ronaldo's debut ...
Good luck, Cristiano, for your first game with @juventusfc. In '61, Fiat's owner offered to buy me but these are the only stripes for Pelé ! / Boa sorte, @Cristiano, no seu primeiro jogo na Juventus. Em 61, o dono da Fiat tentou me levar, mas essas são as únicas listras pro Pelé! pic.twitter.com/W81OPW5RyM— Pelé (@Pele) August 18, 2018
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We're sure Ronaldo's fine with that. Totally fine.
Seem to be as many if not more Marchisio shirts than Ronaldo ones among the Juventus away support today pic.twitter.com/pEiei8LIuE— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) 18 August 2018
Following on from James' tweet, here's the full story on the end of an era at Juventus ...
Past and present
Still more than 3 hours to kick off and crowd already building. Ronaldo shirt next to a Marchisio one. Show of solidarity after the Juve bandiera terminated his contract yesterday pic.twitter.com/jnpHEHw50V— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) 18 August 2018
A beautiful day in Verona
Balconies in Verona are not just for Romeo and Juliet. They're to show Chievo that while you may be in Serie B only one team in Verona has won the Scudetto pic.twitter.com/hG16e7Aecj— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 18, 2018
"Today's the day!"
Juventus have shown off the man everyone's talking about.
Ronaldo's new weapons
As the man says, a new challenge means new wheels. Ronaldo has been on Instagram showing off his new boots which will get an airing on his debut.
Bit of nostalgia
At the Bentegodi it is always Italia 90 pic.twitter.com/nDgOTf990q— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) 18 August 2018
Our man James Horncastle is having a nosey around Ronaldo's stage for this evening and spotted a great World Cup throwback.
Getting ready for the main event
Bentegodi all sold out for first game of the season and Ronaldo's Serie A debut pic.twitter.com/e2uUXQQl7m— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) 18 August 2018
James Horncastle is at Chievo for ESPN and as you can expect, it's a sell out.
Ronaldo on song
As is custom when you join a new club, singing in front of your teammates is a must.
Cristiano Ronaldo singing his heart out for Juventus 😂 pic.twitter.com/90DrhBHw8n— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) August 17, 2018
Ronaldo belted out a rendition of "A minha Casinha" by Portuguese rock band Xutos & Pontapes and it went down well!