How Cristiano Ronaldo Reacted To Mario Mandzukic’s Goal

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Juventus won their 2nd Serie A encounter by a 2-0 margin to keep their position at the top of the table. Cristiano Ronaldo made his home debut for the seven-time successive champions, as they beat Lazio.

It was Miralem Pjanic’s delightful finish from 25 yards which put Juventus ahead, before Mario Mandzukic struck from close range after half-time.

Ronaldo, who joined from Real Madrid in the summer, failed to scored for the 2nd league game in a row.

This time, he somehow missed a sitter, but Mandzukic slotted home from the rebound to save Ronaldo and his side the blushes. Prior to his miss, Ronaldo had seen a shot tipped over by opposite goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.

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Ronaldo missed inside the six-yard box, after Joao Cancelo’s low cross hit his heel, which then took a rebound and fell towards Mandzukic. Many would have thought Ronaldo’s reaction would be a frustrating one after failing to convert a chance, but it was completely different.

The Portuguese celebrated Mandzukic’s goal with a smile, and then went on to hug the Croatian. This, in turn, saw fans on social media have a divided view on Ronaldo’s reaction.

Some felt it was just a petty reaction, while others rallied behind the player to acknowledge his smile to himself. Meanwhile, Juventus maintain their 100% league record, finding themselves in the numero uno position on the table.