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Crotone 1-1 Juventus: Ronaldo’s absence felt as Chiesa sees red on debut

Crotone (Italy), October 18: Federico Chiesa was sent off on his Juventus debut as the Cristiano Ronaldo-less Serie A champions drew 1-1 with Crotone on Saturday (October 17).

Bereft of the talismanic Ronaldo, who is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Portugal, Juve looked far from their best at Stadio Ezio Scida. Alvaro Morata’s first goal since rejoining the club on loan from Atletico Madrid cancelled out Simy’s early penalty for the hosts, but their hopes of going on to claim all three points were dealt a blow with 30 minutes remaining when Chiesa, who joined on loan from Fiorentina on transfer deadline day, received a straight red card.

Juve – whose veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made his 650th Serie A appearance – thought they had won it late on thanks to a close-range finish from Morata but he was deemed to be offside after a lengthy VAR review.