Editorial (August 25, 2018) – Juventus defeated 2-0 Lazio to remain undefeated after two match days even though Cristiano Ronaldo could not score again.
Juventus 2-0 Lazio: The Italian giants strong despite Ronaldo keep scoreless
The Portuguese forward will have to wait for another weekend to score his first official goal with La Vecchia Signora. After 30 minutes, Miralem Pjanic shot from outside the box to give Juventus the lead in front of their crowd.
Lazio tried everything but was unable to find some spot for last season top goalscorer Ciro Immobile. Immobile, who shared the Serie A Golden Boot last season with Mauro Icardi, scored his first goal of the season in a 1-2 lost to Napoli.
World Cup runner-up Mario Mandzukic put the game in the bag in the 75th minute. The Croatian shot a ball that deflected inside the box and into the net.
Ronaldo is realizing why Serie A is a tough league for forwards, just eight strikers in history have surpassed the 30 goals in a single season, as Gonzalo Higuain was the last one as he set the league record with 36 goals in the 2015-16 season. Yet, no one has ever marked 40 goals in a season.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was unlucky as the goalkeeper had one superb save against him and on the second goal the ball deflected off the Portuguese and left Mandzukic alone in front of the goal line.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri decided to not play Paulo Dybala in this match. The Italian coach started Federico Bernardeshi instead.
Juve won the second game in a row in this new season to take the first place of the table with six points. It was also Juventus’ first home win of the season.
Juventus will visit the Enni Tardini Stadium to face off Parma on September 1, in the third game day.