Juventus' Douglas Costa spitting incident slammed by Massimo Allegri and player responds

Lynette Rowe
September 17, 2018

After failing to score in his first three official matches with Juventus, it was only a matter of time before Cristiano Ronaldo went off and regained his scoring touch.

"I also apologise to my teammates, who are always by my side, in good and bad times. This is football, but winning is most important".

Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed Juventus will fine Douglas Costa after he was sent off for spitting against Sassuolo, and expects the winger to face a long ban.

Allegri said he could see that Ronaldo was excited to finally get the first goal out of the way.

"Sometimes we don't control our anxiety, but I knew my teammates and I were working well together and the goals were going to come", he continued.

Portuguese star Ronaldo set another mark with his double bringing his tally of league goals to 400 to join four other players who have achieved the feat in top European football.

Juventus, knocked out in the quarter-finals of last season's competition by a Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid, will be looking to make a strong start in Group H, which also contains Swiss champions Young Boys and Manchester United, where Ronaldo became a household name before joining Real in 2009.

Douglas Costa issues apology for vile spitting incident against Sassuolo

Attention now turns to their opening Champions League game away to Valencia on Wednesday night.

Sassuolo pulled a goal back in stoppage time but Juventus held on to record their fourth straight win of the league campaign.

Costa later apologised for his late red card for elbowing and spitting at Di Francesco - the 24-year-old son of Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

Stephan El Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante put them 2-0 ahead in under half an hour, but Chievo hit back after the break as Valter Birsa curled in a delightful effort and Mariusz Stepinski levelled with seven minutes left.

He will now look to end Juventus' 22-year wait for Champions League glory, and the five-time Ballon d'Or victor is eager to return to the competition where he has scored a record 120 goals.

Lazio won 1-0 at newly promoted Empoli, while Torino drew 1-1 at Udinese.

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