Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo relieved to score first goals since move

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Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (Rear C) celebrates with his teammates after he scored his first goal since he joined Juventus during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Sassuolo on September 16, 2018 at the Juventus stadium in Turin.

"In his first games, Cristiano Ronaldo has had so many shots and hasn't found the goal", Allegri told reporters.

The 33-year-old added to his three goals for Sporting Lisbon, 84 with Manchester United and 311 for Real Madrid in a total of 517 league matches.

Ronaldo skipped Portugal's Nations League win over Italy to focus on his new club after failing to score in their opening three Serie A games.

Costa was dismissed for spitting at Federico Di Francesco after a running feud in which the Brazilian also elbowed and head-butted the Sassuolo player.

Brazil global Costa apologised for his behaviour in an Instagram post after the match which read: "I would like to apologise to all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today's game".

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After a 320-minute drought, Ronaldo punished Sassuolo defender Gian Marco Ferrari for bizarrely heading the ball into the post from close range, seemingly trying to clear a corner kick.

The two players had clashed throughout the game, and Costa was given his marching orders when things escalated. I made a terrible mistake, I'm aware of that and I wanted to say sorry to everyone for it.

"I think he rushed a couple of chances - it looked like he was absolutely desperate to score".

The first goal was a gift as a Sassuolo defender headed the ball onto the post and the rebound landed right at Ronaldo's feet, leaving him with the easiest of tap-ins.

"I really enjoyed playing with him because he made me better on the pitch and he's a great guy off it, too". That is 39 more than his nearest competitor in that list, as Lionel Messi comes second-place with 621 goals of his own.

The week's other mouth-watering game is last season's runners-up Liverpool hosting French champions Paris St Germain, who begin another quest to win Europe's elite competition for the first time and justify the massive investment ploughed into the club by their Qatari owners since 2011. "It's a very hard group, we know that we can do well and Juve must focus on being the best".