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Ramsey on target for Juventus

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:42 AM

MILAN (AP):

Aaron Ramsey scored on his debut to send Juventus on their way to a 2-1 win over newly promoted Hellas Verona amid a strained atmosphere at Allianz Stadium yesterday.

His goal cancelled out Miguel Veloso’s opener for Verona, who also missed a penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo was more successful with his spot kick for Juventus in the second half.

“I’ve waited a long time for this moment,” said Ramsey, who has only recently returned to fitness following a hamstring injury. “I’m really happy, both for the victory and for the goal.”

Juventus also needed Gianluigi Buffon to pull off a number of crucial saves to stop Verona from equalising in the second half.

Ronaldo put Juve’s sub-par performance down to the players’ exertions midweek in the 2-2 draw against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League.

There was a small protest outside the stadium before the match in Turin in support of the 12 hardcore Juventus “ultra” fan leaders who were arrested Monday after allegedly making illegal demands to the club to obtain more tickets.

A group of around 20 fans chanted for their release while others handed out leaflets. There were also no flags or banners displayed in the Curva Sud, where the ultras normally watch the match from.