Juventus came from behind to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win at Chievo as Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for the Turin side on Saturday, although the Portugal captain was not among the scorers in his first Serie A match.
Sami Khedira put Juventus ahead after three minutes but the visitors were stunned when Mariusz Stepinski levelled seven minutes before the break
Emanuele Giaccherini then scored a penalty against his former club to give Chievo a shock lead in the 56th minute – only for Mattia Bani, under pressure from the returning Leonardo Bonucci, to deflect a corner into his own net in the 75th minute.
Juve dominated possession for the second half, but did very little with it. With Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa all supporting Ronaldo in attack, the 33-year-old should not have been short on service.
Juventus had a goal disallowed for handball by Ronaldo but, in the next attack, Federico Bernardeschi turned the ball in to give the reigning champions a winning start.
Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino was temporarily knocked out after a collision with Ronaldo in the final moments of the defeat to Juventus, which saw him replaced by Andrea Seculin.
Massimiliano Allegri said he was impressed with Ronaldo’s debut and that the only thing missing was a goal.
The Juventus coach also suggested that Ronaldo’s teammates could have been more generous in supplying the Portuguese forward with the ball.