Ronaldo nets as Verona stun Juventus in late comeback

Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus scores the opening goal during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona and Juventus at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on February 8, 2020 in Verona, Italy.

Verona produced a huge upset by coming from behind to beat Serie A leaders Juventus 2-1 at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on Saturday, inflicting a third defeat of the season on the Italian champions. Cristiano Ronaldo set a new Juventus record by scoring in a 10th consecutive league game to put the visitors in front after 65 minutes.

Yet Ivan Juric’s side left the visitors stunned as Fabio Borini struck an equaliser before a late penalty from the substitute Giampaolo Pazzini completed the comeback. 

Juve remain on top of the table on 54 points, but Internazionale will draw level with them if they beat Milan on Sunday, and third-placed Lazio will go one point off top if they win at Parma. Verona moved up to sixth place on 34 points, stretching their unbeaten run to eight games.

Elsewhere in Italy, Atalanta’s hopes of requalifying for the Champions League received a boost as they came from behind to record their first away victory at Fiorentina for 27 years. The 2-1 victory moves the Bergamo club clear in fourth place.

A superbly struck half-volley from Federico Chiesa gave the hosts a half-time lead at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. 

But Gian Piero Gasperini’s side levelled early in the second half through a Duvan Zapata tap-in before the substitute Ruslan Malinovskyi drilled in the winner from outside the box with 18 minutes remaining.

The result ended an 18-match winless run for Atalanta in Serie A trips to Florence, stretching back to January 1993, and moves them on to 42 points in fourth, three ahead of fifth-placed Roma, who lost 3-2 at home to Bologna on Friday. 

Fiorentina have lost three games in a row and are in 14th place with 25 points. Torino lost 3-1 at home to their fellow strugglers Sampdoria.

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