Ronaldo off the mark with a brace, Costa dismissed for spitting

Ronaldo off the mark with a brace, Costa dismissed for spitting

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was furious at Douglas Costa for "rising to provocation" and being sent off for spitting in the face of a rival, after Cristiano Ronaldo had scored his first goals for Juventus in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday.

The eight-year scored four goals on his debut for the Old Lady's youth side, and found the back of the net again on the weekend in front of Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.

"I'd also like to say sorry to my teammates, who are always with be in the good and bad times".

"The important thing is for the team to win, and maybe I was a bit anxious, as is normal, after leaving Madrid and everything that happened".

Costa escaped with a booking for elbowing and then head-butting Sassuolo midfielder Federico Di Francesco as they tangled before the late Sassuolo goal.

Juventus are still leading the Serie A standings with 12 points after 4 games played this season.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor broke his duck just days after Juventus manager Max Allegri backed him to find form against Sassuolo.

Though Costa will miss at least the next few domestic matches for Juventus, the Brazilian worldwide will be available for selection when the Old Lady face Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday.

"We have a very hard group but hopefully we will have a lot of luck", he concluded.

Earlier, Roma threw away a two-goal lead as bottom club Chievo snatched a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Olimpico to dent morale before a daunting midweek trip to Champions League holders Real Madrid. He is up and running and his three-and-a-half game drought (!) is over.

"Sometimes we can't control our anxiety, but I'm happy".

"Today, even though it was the first time with this system, we did well".