Rome, August 25: Captain Giorgio Chiellini scored early as Juventus beat Parma 1-0 to kick off its bid for a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title in the Italian Serie A opener. Chiellini netted in the 21st minute following a corner on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal disallowed in the first half by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) due to an almost imperceptible offside call, Xinhua news agency reported. Cristiano Ronaldo Joins #prayforamazonia Forces; Juventus Footballer Calls for Responsibility to ‘Save Our Planet’.
While Ronaldo missed wide and over on several occasions in the first half, he also placed a powerful, long-range blast on goal near the hour mark that required a difficult save from Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe. Juventus keeper Wojciech Szczesny also produced a tough save early on to deny Roberto Inglese after a counterattack. Cristiano Ronaldo of Iraq! Biwar Abdullah’s Uncanny Resemblance to Juventus Football Star Makes Him a Local Celebrity - Watch Video of CR7's Lookalike.
Meanwhile, Serie A runners-up Napoli won a 4-3 thriller against Fiorentina. Skipper Lorenzo Insigne scored a brace for Napoli including the 67th-minute winner and had a role in Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon's goals for the southerners.