Ronaldo celebrates landmark goal but Juve’s flawless run broken

Tanya Cunningham
October 22, 2018

Ronaldo made history with Saturday's score, becoming the first player to ever score 400 goals in Europe's top five leagues. Daniel Bessa equalized in the second half to make it 1-1.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri blamed his players for being sidetracked by their Champions League game at Manchester United on Tuesday.

Ronaldo is primed to start Juventus' Champions League showdown with Manchester United, having missed their last European encounter against Young Boys through suspension.

Lionel Messi is next best on 389.

Juve paid heavily for failing to kill off the encounter when Bessa headed a cross from Christian Kouame into the back of the net on 67 minutes.

Ronaldo, who returns to Old Trafford on Tuesday to face his old club Manchester United, would have bagged a double shortly after but his low shot was denied by Genoa keeper Ionut Radu's diving save.


The 18th-minute strike is Ronaldo's fifth in nine Serie A appearances for the Bianconeri.

Jose Mourinho's side ended a four-game winless run by coming from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle United 3-2 before the global break and were seconds away from ending Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season on Sunday until Ross Barkley salvaged a 2-2 draw.

Juventus now top the Champions League group.

At one stage, Ronaldo looked to be in danger of missing the game entirely after he was shown a red card in Juve's Champions League opener against Valencia for pulling Jeison Murillo's hair, but in the end he was only given a one-match ban.

SPAL took the lead from the penalty spot after 38 minutes.

The Serie A giants beat Valencia 2-0 on match day one, before thumping Young Boys 3-0.

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