Italian Serie A ’18-19 – Highlights: Ronaldo Fails To Score On Debut

These are the first two matches of Serie A, Match Day 1 of 38, that were held on 18th August 2018. The highlights are appended below the points table.

Rank Name Won Draw Lost Points
1 Juventus 1 0 0 3
2 Napoli 1 0 0 3
3 Atalanta 0 0 0 0
4 Bologna 0 0 0 0
5 Cagliari 0 0 0 0
6 Empoli 0 0 0 0
7 Fiorentina 0 0 0 0
8 Frosinone 0 0 0 0
9 Genoa 0 1 0 0
10 Inter Milan 0 1 0 0

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Serie A 2018-19 – Full Schedule

Match 1 of 8: Chievo vs Juventus

Result: 2 – 3

Goal Scorers:

  • Chievo: Mariusz Stepinski 38′, Emanuele Giaccherini 56′ (P)
  • Juventus: Sami Khedira 3′, Mattia Bani 75′ (OG), Federico Bernareschi 90+3′

Match Statistics:

Chievo Team Stats Juventus
6 Shots 26
2 Shots On Target 10
27% Possession 73%
260 Passes 678
76% Pass Accuracy 90%
8 Fouls 9
2 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
1 Offsides 3
0 Corners 8


  • Federico Bernardeschi scored in stoppage time to make Cristiano Ronaldo a victor on his Juventus debut, as the Italian heroes revitalised to win 3-2 at Chievo Verona.
  • Ronaldo may have been kept out of the scoresheet in his first amusement in Serie A, yet his partners did sufficiently enough, to acquire three goals in Juventus’s opening match.

  • In the first half, Sami Khedira’s initial goal for the Italian club, was eradicated by Mariusz Stepinski, and Emanuele Giaccherini converted a penalty to put the hosts ahead before Mattia Bani’s own goal enabled the guests to win the match.
  • Juventus drove inside three minutes when Miralem Pjanic’s free kick into the case discovered Giorgio Chiellini, who gestured back for Khedira to score the opener.

  • The guests had a penalty shootout, later when Douglas Costa pursued a long ball and nourished Joao Cancelo, who could not keep his shot on focus.
  • Ronaldo came close to scoring, but hauled his shot only wide from 16 yards.
  • Juventus showed up in charge yet Chievo scored seven minutes before the first half came to an end.

  • After the break, the hosts took a shock, when Cancelo made a late challenge on the driving Giaccherini inside the territory and the previous Juventus winger capitalised the penalty, however he declined to celebrate.
  • Ronaldo almost pulled Juventus level in the 66th moment when he averted three defenders and twisted a shot toward the far post. However, Chievo’s goal keeper Stefano Sorrentino saved the superb strike with an excellent dive.

  • The balancing goal did inevitably come at the 75th minute after Bani headed Federico Bernardeschi’s corner into his own particular net.
  • Juventus thought they had the match in control, untin the 86th minute, when Mandzukic fueled in a header and made it 2-2.
  • Nevertheless, Juventus were saved by substitute Bernardeschi who assisted Alex Sandro’s low cross to coordinate the ball into the nets as the Italian giants won the match.


Match 2 of 8: Lazio vs Napoli

Result: 1 – 2

Goal Scorers:

  • Napoli: Arkadiusz Milik 45’+2′, Lorenzo Insigne 59′
  • Lazio: Ciro Immobile 25′

Match Statistics:

Lazio Team Stats Napoli
10 Shots 10
1 Shots On Target 3
35% Possession 65%
400 Passes 746
79% Pass Accuracy 85%
8 Fouls 5
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
4 Offsides 2
4 Corners 7


  • Last season’s Serie A runner ups, Napoli made a comeback and beat Lazio 2-1 in their first  match under Carlo Ancelotti.
  • The Partenopei completed second to Juventus last time out in spite of passing the 90-point stop under Maurizio Sarri, who has since left – alongside star midfielder Jorginho – to join Chelsea.
  • Ancelotti got off to a triumphant beginning at the Stadio Olimpico, be that as it may, as his Napoli side saw off Lazio through goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne either side of half time.

  • Insigne had the main shooting opportunity following some great develop play with Piotr Zielinski, just to shoot over the crossbar.
  • The Polish midfielder at that point opened wide, and minutes after the fact Lazio were in front as Ciro Immobile removed three players from the diversion with a solitary touch, before tucking the ball out of Orestis Karnezis’ span.

  • Napoli reacted well, approaching through an Insigne shot and after that seeing Zielinski hit the crossbar with his diverted exertion.
  • With barely shy of a hour, the visitors put themselves in the lead, as Insigne curled the ball into the top corner of the net.
  • Karnezis was called without hesitation again to create a fingertip spare while Immobile was twice obstructed when in a promising position.

  • There was so almost a late contort in the Italian capital, however, as Francesco Acerbi attemped a shot but was unsuccessful in this attempt.

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