Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Villas-Boas backs Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or after Juventus 'risk'

Villas-Boas backs Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or after Juventus 'risk'

Cristiano Ronaldo (R) scored from the spot to rescue a 2-2 draw for Juventus at home against Sassuolo.

"We didn't use our heads", lamented Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri accepted his team were exhausted after the midweek Champions League win at home to Atletico Madrid and the 3-1 win at Atalanta eight days ago, when they also fell behind, but told DAZN: 'We should have played with greater care, especially in the first half.

"Every time we lost the ball we were wide open". We had a first half without application and little energy from the character point of view.

But Juventus counterpart Gianluigi Buffon had a hard game in Turin as the 41-year-old, making just his fifth start this season, had a role in Caputo´s goal just after the break.

"The reaction came at the end and we could even have won it".

Martinez can't stop scoring as he has now scored five goals in his last three games.

Gianluigi Buffon has prompted fans to call for him to hang up his gloves after he made a horrific effort in the 2-2 draw with Sassuolo today.

That took the 22-year-old Martínez's tally to eight in Serie A this season.

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Bonucci had gotten Juventus off the mark with a long-range effort on 20 minutes.

Juve were made to pay for individual errors early in the second half, as Matthijs de Ligt's clearance fell to Caputo on the edge of the area and the striker's volley squirmed through Buffon's body and into the net.

Turati got down low to deny Higuain after getting his hand to send a Ronaldo free kick over the bar.

The young goalkeeper was powerless to keep out his penalty in the 69th minute after Filippo Romagna had fouled Paulo Dybala. Messi is expected to win the award after following up a stellar 2018/19 season with ten goals in 13 appearances for Barcelona.

Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi hailed "an important point" for his team.

"The lad is insane completely".

"But I am more for Cristiano because I'm Portuguese".

Lazio remained third, seven points off top spot after easing to the win over Udinese.

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