Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of ending the season at the top scorer
in the Italian League, faded, on Wednesday, after failing to
shake the net during the champions Juventus 2-0 defeat to its host Cagliari.
The 35-year-old Portuguese striker has 31 goals this season,
four more than Lazio striker Ciro Imobili before Juventus host
fifth-placed Roma in the last round.
Cagliari, 13th in the standings, surprised Juventus, who crowned
the title on Sunday, with an eight-minute lead from the start
when striker Luca Jayano, 20, quickly dealt with Federico
Mattello’s cross pass in the area to score his first goal with the team
Juventus’ situation worsened in stoppage time for the first half
when Giovanni Simeone sent a powerful right-footed shot from
the edge of the penalty area, overtaking veteran goalkeeper
Gianluigi Buffon to settle in the far corner to consolidate Cagliari’s advance.
The referee canceled a goal in the first half for Ronaldo due to
offside, but he had several chances thanks to the dominance of
Juventus, but he failed to shake the net, considering the
brilliance of Cagliari’s defense.
When Juventus players managed to hit the target, Cagliari
goalkeeper Alessio Cranio was strongly present to keep his team winning.