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Matuidi scores winner, Ronaldo draws blank as Juventus beat Parma

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MILAN, Sept 2: Cristiano Ronaldo drew another blank in his bid to score his first Serie A goal for Juventus but the Italian champions kept their winning momentum 2-1 at promoted Parma on Saturday with goals in either half from World Cup stars Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi.

World Cup winner Matuidi bagged the decisive goal on 58 minutes after Croatia�s Mandzukic, a finalist in Moscow this summer, had scored after just two minutes in Emilia Romagna.

New Parma signing Gervinho � back in Italy after two years with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune � pulled one back after 33 minutes for the hosts who have returned to the top flight after three consecutive promotions following demotion for bankruptcy in 2015.

Ronaldo is yet to score but the seven-time reigning Italian champions are on maximum points after winning all three of their games this season.

The 33-year-old five-time Ballon d�Or winner missed a chance to open his account after 26 minutes when his powerful header was just wide, and spurned another chance ten minutes into the second half.

�Cristiano had a good game, he made himself available, but it was a moment when the ball did not bounce back in the right direction,� coach Massimiliano Allegri told streaming broadcaster DAZN.

�I�m happy with what he�s doing... After the (international) break he will surely get a goal because we�ll all be in better shape.�

Matuidi added: �He (Ronaldo) had a great match but no luck. He�s going to be a little annoyed because he�s hungry to score, but we�re going to help him.�

Allegri said he was impressed with Mandzukic who has scored twice in the opening three games and set up Matuidi for the winner.

�I didn�t expect Mario to be in this condition after the World Cup,� he added.

Earlier Radja Nainggolan scored on his debut as Inter Milan claimed their first three points of the season with a 3-0 win in Bologna.

Nainggolan missed the first two games of the campaign with injury following his summer move from Roma. � AFP

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Matuidi scores winner, Ronaldo draws blank as Juventus beat Parma

MILAN, Sept 2: Cristiano Ronaldo drew another blank in his bid to score his first Serie A goal for Juventus but the Italian champions kept their winning momentum 2-1 at promoted Parma on Saturday with goals in either half from World Cup stars Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi.

World Cup winner Matuidi bagged the decisive goal on 58 minutes after Croatia�s Mandzukic, a finalist in Moscow this summer, had scored after just two minutes in Emilia Romagna.

New Parma signing Gervinho � back in Italy after two years with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune � pulled one back after 33 minutes for the hosts who have returned to the top flight after three consecutive promotions following demotion for bankruptcy in 2015.

Ronaldo is yet to score but the seven-time reigning Italian champions are on maximum points after winning all three of their games this season.

The 33-year-old five-time Ballon d�Or winner missed a chance to open his account after 26 minutes when his powerful header was just wide, and spurned another chance ten minutes into the second half.

�Cristiano had a good game, he made himself available, but it was a moment when the ball did not bounce back in the right direction,� coach Massimiliano Allegri told streaming broadcaster DAZN.

�I�m happy with what he�s doing... After the (international) break he will surely get a goal because we�ll all be in better shape.�

Matuidi added: �He (Ronaldo) had a great match but no luck. He�s going to be a little annoyed because he�s hungry to score, but we�re going to help him.�

Allegri said he was impressed with Mandzukic who has scored twice in the opening three games and set up Matuidi for the winner.

�I didn�t expect Mario to be in this condition after the World Cup,� he added.

Earlier Radja Nainggolan scored on his debut as Inter Milan claimed their first three points of the season with a 3-0 win in Bologna.

Nainggolan missed the first two games of the campaign with injury following his summer move from Roma. � AFP

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