Juventus star Douglas Costa has hit back amid the scandal surrounding his red card for spitting at Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco on Sunday, claiming he was provoked by the opposition winger.
Five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo, who arrived amid great pomp and ceremony following a €100-million (US$117 million, RM481.3 million) deal from Real Madrid, tapped in from barely a yard out after a goalmouth scramble on 50 minutes.
His first goal came after Sassuolo defender Gian Marco Ferrari could only head a Juventus corner onto the left post and Ronaldo was waiting to volley in a rebound from less than two yards out.
"I thank my teammates who really helped me and allowed me to adapt to Italian football". The important thing is that the team wins.
As Sassuolo pulled back a goal late on, Douglas Costa pulled Di Francesco to the ground in the build up to that ultimately inconsequential goal.
Juve's 2-1 victory at the Allianz Stadium ensured that the club maintained their 100% start to the new Serie A campaign, as they bid for their 8th successive Scudetto.
From this point, it seemed a question of how many more the seven-time champions would add, but some gilt-edged chances were missed.
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Allegri congratulated Ronaldo for breaking his duck before their trip to Spain to play Valencia in the Champions League next Wednesday.
"The Champions League is my favourite tournament", said Ronaldo, who scored 15 goals in the tournament last season.
"We have a very hard group but hopefully we will have a lot of luck", he concluded.
Madrid's all-time top goalscorer Ronaldo was crucial to the club's three consecutive Champions League wins under former coach Zinedine Zidane, although it was Bale who scored twice against Liverpool in the 3-1 triumph in May's Kiev final.
The Argentine pounced in the second half, to score his seventh goal in eight games against Cagliari, and 112th in Serie A, coming close to a second from close range.
"This was a game we had under control, we should have killed it off".
"Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen", Allegri told reporters.