Frosinone 0-2 Juventus REPORT: Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi strike late to maintain Juve's 100 per cent record
Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi scored late goals as Juventus continued their 100 per cent start to the Serie A season with an unconvincing 2-0 win at Frosinone.
Ronaldo, who was sent off in Wednesday’s Champions League win at Valencia, looked set to endure another frustrating evening until he scuffed home a left-footed effort with nine minutes remaining.
The Portuguese forward squandered a series of chances at Stadio Benito Stirpe before putting the Italian champions on course for a fifth league win from five this term with his third goal for his new club.
Substitute Bernardeschi added a second in injury time after Juve broke away on the counter-attack.
Lowly Frosinone, who have registered just one point following promotion, produced a dogged display but rarely ventured forward as their search for a first goal of the campaign continues.
Juve were without winger Douglas Costa as he began a four-match ban after his red card for spitting in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo.
Ronaldo scored his first Juve goals in that game following his big-money summer move from Real Madrid and he retained his starting place despite his midweek red card.
The Portuguese went close to a seventh-minute opener when his close-range effort from Mario Mandzukic’s knockdown brushed the fingertips of goalkeeper Marco Sportiello and was cleared off the line by defender Marco Capuano.
Second-bottom Frosinone came into this fixture on the back of a morale-sapping 5-0 thrashing at home to Sampdoria.
They again had to be alert to the talents of Ronaldo when he fired a low effort towards the bottom left corner which was repelled by Sportiello.
Spurred on by a vocal home support, the hosts reached half-time without too many scares although they showed little attacking intent.
Ronaldo had another excellent chance to break the deadlock in the 59th minute but he sliced over after Giorgio Chiellini’s cross was chested down by Bernardeschi.
Croatia striker Mandzukic then headed over, while left-back Alex Sandro smashed a left-footed drive narrowly wide.
The Bianconeri needed two goals in the final 20 minutes to win on this ground on their last visit back in February 2016 and they repeated the trick by breaking the hosts’ resistance with 81 minutes played.
Miralem Pjanic attempted to unleash a shot from just inside the area and his blocked attempt broke kindly for Ronaldo to sweep a first-time effort into the bottom left corner.
The home side committed men forward in search of an equaliser and they were punished by a breakaway goal, led by Ronaldo.
He played the ball to Pjanic wide on the left and his cross was controlled by Bernardeschi, who fired the ball into the bottom right corner via the gloves of Sportiello.
Ronaldo goal in pics
That concludes our coverage of the Serie A fixture between Frosinone and Juventus. We hope you enjoyed our commentary!
Frosinone will continue their search for a first win of the season on Wednesday when they travel to the Olimpico to face Roma. Juventus will look to make it six wins from six midweek when they host Bologna.
Moreno Longo should be absolutely thrilled with his side’s endeavour despite essentially chasing the ball for 90 minutes. They remained extremely organised and rigid, forcing Juventus to play around them. If they are to get their first win of the season, they must gain more of an attacking threat, but Frosinone acquitted themselves wonderfully today and should gain a lot of confidence from the performance.
It took Juventus a full 80 minutes of play, but they finally broke the deadlock thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo finish after a lucky ricochet following a Pjanic shot. The visitors did everything they could up to that point to ruin Sportiello’s clean sheet, but the hosts defended heroically and deserve a ton of credit – despite their loss. Bernardeschi added a second in injury time, but it was the result of tired legs and tired minds more than a lapse in defending.
90+5 minsminute by minute
FULL-TIME: FROSINONE 0-2 JUVENTUS.
90+4 minsminute by minute
Miralem Pjanic gets his name on the score sheet via an assist – his pass to Bernardeschi the crucial delivery.
90+4 minsminute by minute
BERNADESCHI DOUBLES THE ADVANTAGE! Ronaldo wins the ball in his own penalty area and brings it to the opposite end of the pitch before laying it off for Pjanic. The central midfielder looks up and finds Bernardeschi in space who takes his chance with a curling effort that beats Sportiello!
90+3 minsminute by minute
Frosinone are in possession with three minutes left. Could they possibly dig deep and find a late equaliser?
90+1 minsminute by minute
The fourth official indicates an addition five minutes for stoppages at the end of the 90.
89 minsminute by minute
Juventus look to be happy with the 1-0 as they sap time from the clock and look to seal yet another victory to open the season.
87 minsminute by minute
Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace last weekend against Sassuolo – during his spell at Real Madrid he scored more than once in 85 different La Liga matches.
85 minsminute by minute
Allegri chooses to hold what they have as Blaise Matuidi replaces Mario Mandzukic in a defensive substitution.
85 minsminute by minute
Emil Hallfredsson is taken off for Francesco Cassata as the manager looks to pull his side level again.
83 minsminute by minute
Frosinone have a free-kick, but Ciano chooses to strike it on goal as opposed to crossing it into the area. The shot flies high over the bar; a wasted opportunity.
81 minsminute by minute
CRISTIANO RONALDO BREAKS CANARINI HEARTS! With less than 10 minutes left Juventus have finally scored, though rather fortunately after Pjanic’s shot is blocked by a defender and the ricochet falls right to the Portugal captain who slots it past Sportiello calmly! There is some argument that Ronaldo was in an offside position, but the linesman’s flag stays down, and the referee chooses not to use VAR. 1-0 Juventus!
79 minsminute by minute
Marco Sportiello is shown a yellow card for time wasting.
79 minsminute by minute
Pjanic curls in the cross but once again there is a defender in the way who puts his body on the line. Frosinone are practically camped inside their own 18-yard box as they survive wave after wave of attack.
77 minsminute by minute
Crisetig trips up Ronaldo and gives Juve yet another chance to score from a free-kick in a great crossing position.
75 minsminute by minute
Juventus are thoroughly dominating possession but have little to show for it. Bernardeschi fires in a cross but Salamon – who has been monumental all match – is there to put in yet another clearance.
73 minsminute by minute
A rare foray forward for Frosinone ends as Zampano’s cross ends up safely in the arms of Szczesny in the Juventus goal.
71 minsminute by minute
Camillo Ciano replaces Joel Campbell who was not able to mark his Serie A debut with a goal.
70 minsminute by minute
Cancelo makes his impact felt immediately with an outside-the-boot cross to Mandzukic who heads his chance over the bar!
69 minsminute by minute
Juan Cuadrado is removed with just over 20 minutes left in the match, with natural right-back Joao Cancelo on to take his spot.
68 minsminute by minute
Frosinone have had fewer touches in the opposition box than any other Serie A side this season (40), while Juventus have had the most (131).
66 minsminute by minute
Frosinone are defending for their lives as Juventus attackers queue up in the penalty area to have a strike. It’s attack versus defence, as it has been all match, but the home team so far have what they were looking for. It would be a historic point if the Canarini can hold on for just a little bit longer.
64 minsminute by minute
SAVE BY SPORTIELLO! Ronaldo gets into the six-yard box and attempts to back-heel a pass from Sandro towards goal, and finally connects on his second effort, but the goalkeeper leaps into action to smother the ball.
61 minsminute by minute
It’s Dybala himself who strikes it with his left foot, but for the second time today the wall does its job and blocks the free-kick. We’re more than an hour into the match and the high-powered Juventus attack have yet to find the back of the net.