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Ramsey and Ronaldo earn Juventus nervy win over Verona

Sunday, 2019-09-22 08:47:00
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Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Hellas Verona - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - September 21, 2019 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal with Leonardo Bonucci. (Reuters)
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Aaron Ramsey struck on his first start for Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the winner from the penalty spot as the champions came from behind to beat Hellas Verona 2-1 at the Juventus Stadium on Saturday.

* Serie A leaders Inter Milan defeated city rivals AC Milan 2-0 at the San Siro stadium on Saturday to maintain their 100% start to the campaign.

* Barcelona were left reflecting on their worst start to a season in 25 years after falling to a shock 2-0 defeat at Granada on Saturday as the La Liga champions' woeful away form continued and the promoted side climbed to the top of the table.

* Manchester City responded to last weekend's first Premier League defeat since January with an emphatic 8-0 hammering of Watford, while Tottenham Hotspur were on the wrong end of a tight VAR call in a 2-1 loss at Leicester City on Saturday (Sep 21).

* Brighton & Hove Albion did everything right except score a goal in a 0-0 Premier League draw at Newcastle United on Saturday that heaped the pressure on both teams.

* Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski scored twice to equal a 51-year-old record as champions Bayern Munich demolished Cologne 4-0 on Saturday (Sep 21) to move up to second place in the standings.

* Olympique de Marseille missed the chance to go ahead of Paris St Germain at the top of Ligue 1 as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Montpellier on Saturday in a match that ended with three red cards being shown in stoppage time.

* Roger Federer maintained his 100per cent Laver Cup record against Nick Kyrgios on Saturday with a thrilling 6-7(5) 7-5 10-7 win over the Australian but Team World hit back in the doubles match later on to stay in contention for the title.

* American Sofia Kenin fought back from a set down to overcome former US Open champion Samantha Stosur 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2 and win the Guangzhou International Women's Open title on Saturday.

* World number four Naomi Osaka showed no signs of fatigue as she powered past Belgium's Elise Mertens 6-4 6-1 in her second match of the day to reach the Pan Pacific Open final on Saturday. Up next for the twice Grand Slam champion is Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who ended Angelique Kerber's resurgence with a 6-3 6-3 victory.

* MotoGP leader Marc Marquez chalked up his ninth pole of the season at his home Aragon Grand Prix on Saturday with French rookie Fabio Quartararo stepping up again as the Spaniard's main challenger. The Honda rider lapped the anti-clockwise MotorLand circuit near Alcaniz with a best lap of one minute 47.009 seconds.

* England's Danny Willett and Spain's Jon Rahm set up a thrilling finale to the BMW PGA Championship by carding identical third-round scores of 68 on Saturday to share the lead.

Reuters, CNA