Juventus recorded a second win of the season as they comfortably swept up aside Lazio, winning 2-0 on their first home outing of the season.
Lazio dominated possession early on. However, in terms of chances and territory the game was very even for the first 25 minutes. Both Federico Bernardeschi and Sami Khedira came close to breaking the deadlock, the latter hitting the post.
The match then burst into life in the 28th minute, when Bosnian international Miralem Pjanic struck a volley from outside the box, which was nailed hard and low into the bottom right corner.
FT: Juventus 2-0 Lazio
– Clean sheet
– Bonucci & Chiellini (both great)
– Cancelo much improved from last week
– Pjanic the director, great display
– Mandzukic looks much better back in the centre
– Ronaldo did everything but score – Bravo
– Solid, not spectacular, work to do
— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) August 25, 2018
Prior to half-time, Lazio nearly equalised. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic put in an inch perfect cross from the left, Marco Parolo won the header but was unable to keep it down and the ball sailed over the bar. The Serie A champions went into half-time leading 1-0.
Come the second-half, clear-cut chances were hard to come by, as both defences stayed resolute.
Eventually, Juve scored their second. A low cross from the right was palmed away by Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha but only into the path of Cristiano Ronaldo. Surprisingly, the five-time Ballon d’Or win clumsily fluffed the shot, kicking the ball into his own heel. Fortunately for Juventus and Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic immediately followed up and fired into the net.
Key Talking Point
As per usual, all eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo with the Portuguese star, of course, making his first appearance at the Allianz Stadium since making his big money move to the Turin club.
However, it was a relatively quiet performance for CR7 and he was unable to score his first Serie A goal.
Ronaldo pressed high and energetically and was clearly craving that first goal in a black and white shirt, for now though, he will have to wait.
Even Ronaldo is human, and like any player it will take him to settle into a new league.
Starting XI: Szczesny (7), Cancelo (6), Bonucci (7), Chiellini (9), Sandro (7), Khedira (6), Pjanic (8), Matuidi (6), Bernardeschi (7), Ronaldo (6), Mandzukic (6)
Subs: Douglas Costa (7), Emre Can (7), Bentancur (6)
The star man for Juventus was Italian veteran Giorgio Chiellini. The 34-year-old centre-back may be reaching the twilight of his career but he is still capable of unleashing the perfect centre-back performance.
Whether it be clearing the ball, tacking, heading, Chiellini was outstanding. Always in the right position at the right time, Chiellini didn’t give Lazio an inch and it was a true defensive masterclass. Alongside prodigal teammate Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus may just have the best centre-back pairing in world football.
For Lazio, Immobile looked spritely and made many good runs, whilst former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva looked comfortable on the ball.
Worst Player: Every player put in a solid performance However, by his own standards Ronaldo was not at his best. It speaks to his own ridiculously high standards that two games now without a goal for his new club is almost drought territory. He did however (technically) get the assist for Juve’s second…
That’s a great assist from Ronaldo, fair play.
— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) August 25, 2018
Ronaldo’s 2 weeks in Serie A: Goals 0. Players injured 2.
— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 25, 2018
Juventus will be hoping to make it three wins in three when they travel to Parma next week, whilst Lazio’s next match is at home to Frosinone.