Rome, 28 September 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Roma’s Jordan Veretout netted a brace each in a 2-2 draw in Rome on Sunday, with the Serie A champions clinging on despite having a man dismissed.
Veretout converted a penalty awarded for ball handling by his French compatriot Adrien Rabiot, who was then dismissed with a second caution on 62 minutes.
Ronaldo also struck from the spot following a similar foul by Lorenzo Pellegrini, but Veretout netted his second before half-time, finishing off a swift counter-attack.
Seven minutes after Rabiot’s exit, a cross from Brazil defender Danilo was headed in by the Portuguese, who has three goals from two games.
“After falling behind we knew it was hard but we took an important point,” Ronaldo said. “It is the beginning of league, with a new coach [Andrea Pirlo] and different ideas. We continue to work and I see a very bright future.”
Roma found a first point after being handed a 3-0 defeat for fielding an off-roster player when they drew 0-0 at Verona last weekend.
Earlier Sunday, Hirving Lozano’s brace helped Napoli crush visiting Genoa 6-0 as AC Milan won 2-0 at newcomers Crotone.
Mexican striker Lozano volleyed home Napoli’s opener off a cross by Dries Mertens, who netted the third on 57 after Piotr Zielinski finished a fast action he triggered from the midfield.
Lozano drilled in a clinical shot on 65 minutes before efforts from substitutes Eljif Elmas and Matteo Politano. Elmas had replaced captain Lorenzo Insigne, who exited with a seemingly serious muscle injury in the 22nd.
“We take the compliments, but let’s analyse the game,” Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso said. “In my opinion the result is not real. In the first half we could have scored more [than one goal] but also came very close to concede. We did some good things, but we still have to improve.”
Genoa, who had beaten Crotone 4-1 in last weekend’s first round, were missing goalkeeper Mattia Perin and midfielder Lasse Schoene after they tested positive for the coronavirus.
Milan’s veteran star Zlatan Ibrahimovic also suffered contagion after opening the season with a brace, but his team-mates had no telling issues against the newcomers.
Franck Kessie converted a penalty and new signing Brahim Diaz flicked in from close range at Crotone’s wind-swept seaside stadium.
Earlier Sunday Sassuolo won 4-1 away to promoted Spezia in the hosts’ first-ever top-flight game.
Sassuolo’s Filip Djuricic fired into the far corner and Andrey Galabinov nodded in the hosts’ equalizer before half-time, but Domenico Berardi converted a penalty on 64, with Gregoire Defrel and Francesco Caputo sealing the win in the following 12 minutes.
Spezia missed last weekend’s season opener at Udinese as they were accorded extra rest for having completed the Serie B play-offs on August 20. For now they play their home games in Cesena as their stadium is being renovated.
Udinese lost 1-0 at Verona, who found a second-half winner thanks to Andrea Favilli.
Bologna and Parma close matchday 2 on Monday, which kicked off on Saturday with Atalanta’s 4-2 win at Torino. Lazio then beat Cagliari 2-0 and promoted Benevento won 3-2 at Sampdoria before Inter Milan’s late 4-3 edging of Fiorentina.
Atalanta and Inter also missed the league opener and will meet Lazio and Benevento, respectively, on Wednesday, when Udinese v Spezia is also to take place.