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Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo: I was a little anxious

16 September 2018

Maybe I was a little anxious. "I'm still adapting to the Italian league".

The Brazilian escaped with a booking for elbowing and then head-butting his rival as they tangled before the Sassuolo goal but was then sent off after video cameras caught him spitting at the same player in another altercation.

Sassuolo got their only goal of the match in the 90th minute through Khouma Babacar.

The Portuguese superstar secured a €100 million (£89m/$116m) move to Turin over the summer after opting to bring a nine-year stint with Real Madrid to a close.

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Earlier, Roma threw away a two-goal lead as bottom club Chievo snatched a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Olimpico to dent morale before a daunting midweek trip to Champions League holders Real Madrid.

His barren run had stretched beyond the 300-minute mark during a goalless first-half at the Allianz Stadium, but he did not have to wait long to make his mark after the interval.

Valter Birsa pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute, with Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski sealing a point for the club from Verona seven minutes from time.

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The win is Juventus' fourth from four games this season.

"Today, even though it was the first time with this system, we did well".

"It's human to be like that, sometimes we can't control our anxiety", he said.

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Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo: I was a little anxious