Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut ended in a dramatic 3-2 victory at Chievo, though it was substitute Federico Bernardeschi who was the reigning Serie A champions' stoppage-time hero.
Despite leading through Sami Khedira's early strike, Mariusz Stepinski's first-half header and Emanuele Giaccherini's penalty after the break ensured Chievo led.
Mattia Bani's own goal levelled matters with 15 minutes to go and Mario Mandzukic thought he had won the game for Juventus only for VAR to disallow the goal, with Ronaldo having possibly handled and collided with goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino in the build-up.
Yet Bernardeschi turned home Alex Sandro's cross in the 93rd minute to give Ronaldo and Juve a winning start.
Three minute into Ronaldo's bow Juve were 1-0 up, though it was another former Real Madrid man that got the goal.
Miralem Pjanic's free-kick was reached by Giorgio Chiellini at the back post and his header was latched on by Khedira, who swivelled and fired home a half volley.
Ronaldo missed the target with two openings and Chievo struck back prior to the break when Stepinski peeled off Leonardo Bonucci and headed in an equaliser.
Juve then fell behind when one of their former players converted a 56th-minute penalty. Joao Cancelo, another Juve debutant, dived in on Giaccherini to concede the penalty and the midfielder took the spot-kick himself to put Chievo ahead.
Trailing in the game seemed to galvanise Ronaldo and, after heading straight at Sorrentino, he unleashed a terrific effort from range that the Chievo keeper had to palm away.
Only a brilliant last-ditch intervention from Fabrizio Cacciatore then denied Ronaldo, but his side did level when Bani put into his own net when trying to deal with Juve's returning defender Bonucci at a neat-post corner.
A dramatic finish then unfolded as Juve were denied a Mandzukic goal that was initially awarded. Replays showed the ball struck the back of Ronaldo's arm before he collided with Sorrentino, who was laid out when the ball looped up for Mandzukic to head home.
But Juve did net a winner as Bernardeschi scored past substitute goalkeeper Andrea Seculin, much to Ronaldo's delight.
What does it mean: Ronaldo not up and running, but Juve show champions' mentality
Ronaldo had scored in each of his last 10 league appearances for Madrid, but that was not a sequence that was extended to Serie A. Dropping deep at times and showing frustrating at not receiving the ball on other occasions, it will take time for the 33-year-old to find his place in this Juve team. The most pleasing thing from the Bianconeri's point of view was that others stepped up and they found a way to win.
Pat on the back: Bernardeschi steals the limelight
Bernardeschi was called for immediately after Juve fell behind and having provided the corner from which they levelled, the winger was then in the right place at the right time to score the winner. In delivering when it mattered, he took a leaf straight out of Ronaldo's book.
Boot up the backside: Cancelo's debut to forget
Another of Juventus' new signings Cancelo will not remember his first appearance too fondly. The first goal Juve conceded came via a cross from his flank and he then dived in needlessly to concede the penalty which saw Chievo go 2-1 up.
Key Opta stats:
- Juventus conceded at least two goals in the first Serie A matchday for the first time since 1998.
- Cristiano Ronaldo fired his first shot on target after 47 minutes and 22 seconds.
- Four of Federico Bernardeschi's five Serie A goals with Juventus have been scored away from home.
Juventus face Lazio at home next, which means Ronaldo is set to play at the Allianz Stadium for the first time since he scored that overhead kick for Real Madrid in April. Chievo's tough start to the season continues away at Fiorentina.
26 de septiembre 2018
|Kvitova´s Wuhan quest ended by Pavlyuchenkova|
|Hummels impressed by ´incredible´ Sanches|
|Brewers benefit from Pirates´ trade deadline acquisition of Archer|
|Barty upsets Kerber in Wuhan|
|England could still pick Cipriani despite training camp snub|
|Astros become first defending champions to reach 100 wins since 1990 Athletics|
|Wilder waiting for ´real offer´ to fight Joshua|
|LeBron focusing on patience after first Lakers practice|
|Pochettino expects Spurs in new stadium by Christmas|
|Inzaghi: With Ronaldo, Juve are best team in Europe|
|Some people talk too much – Icardi hits back at critics|
|Kovac, Robben praise Augsburg after draw|
|Angels star Ohtani to undergo Tommy John surgery|
|Simeone tips Gimenez to be fit for Madrid derby|
|Smith on his NBA Finals miscue: People make mistakes all the time|
|Rams CB Talib to have ankle surgery|
|Cousins ´feeling a lot better´, still unsure when he´ll return|
|I knew we´d be in trouble with Jones on penalties – Mourinho|
|Coyotes forward Galchenyuk expected to miss opener|
|Guardiola won´t compare Foden to Iniesta|
|Lampard shell-shocked as Derby win at Old Trafford|
|Ryder Cup 2018: USA celebrities take the honours|
|Manchester United´s torrid penalty shoot-out run continues against Derby|
|Guardiola: Foden already a great, great player|
25 de septiembre 2018
|Atletico Madrid 3 Huesca 0: Rojiblancos cruise ahead of Madrid derby|
|EFL Cup: Lampard dumps out Mourinho, Burnley lose at Burton Albion|
|Mourinho denies Pogba row despite stripping midfielder of vice-captaincy|
|Fabinho situation not complicated, insists Klopp|
|Manchester United 2 Derby County 2 (Derby win 8-7 on pens): Lampard heaps pressure on Mourinho|
|Afghanistan snatch tie after Shahzad pummels India|
|Inter 2 Fiorentina 1: D´Ambrosio maintains Nerazzurri revival|
|Oxford United 0 Manchester City 3: Foden stars as EFL Cup holders cruise into round four|
|Cousin takes Gabon post after Aubameyang rejection|
|Bayern Munich 1 Augsburg 1: Neuer error costs champions|
|Paris Saint-Germain must be a Champions League force to help Neymar - Baptista|
|Salgado warns of ´war´ in Spanish football|
|Cech deserves Arsenal place, says Seaman|
|Halep and Garcia among seeds to fall in Wuhan|
|F1 Raceweek: Mercedes taking no comfort in points advantage|
|Benitez charged by FA for referee comment relating to Zaha treatment|
|Cibulkova dumps out hampered Halep in Wuhan|
|Mourinho questions his players amid reports Pogba won´t captain United again|
|European Ryder Cup diary: Fleetwood´s hair delights Poulter|
|USA Ryder Cup diary: Tiger´s roaring reception, McEnroe´s bold prediction|
|Loans to be limited under new FIFA proposal|
|Prolific Nadolo signs new Montpellier contract|
|Modric? For us, Messi is the best – Valverde|
|Murray makes winning start in Shenzhen|
|Mickelson would cherish first victory on European soil|
|Hodge hoping pressure proves too much for South Africa|
|Woodward in show of support for under-fire Mourinho|
|Mickelson jokes he wants ´a shot a side´ from Tiger in Thanksgiving showdown|
|Reed: Captain America is a villain in Europe|
|Duminy to captain Proteas as Elgar replaces injured Amla|
|No Tottenham timeline for Lloris, Vorm returns|
|Woods ready for ´awesome environment´ on Ryder Cup opening hole|
|Tony Bellew determined to prove doubters wrong against Oleksandr Usyk|
|Tuchel explains why he likes Neymar at number 10|
|Manchester United smash revenue record but profits down|
|Furyk downplays Ryder Cup pairings talk, says Tuesday is about individuals|
|Rejuvenated Tiger out to improve poor Ryder Cup record|
|Saunders fined £100,000 for ´sickening´ online video|
|Hazard can reach his full potential with Sarri´s Chelsea - Zola|
|Ryder Cup heading back in Europe´s direction, says Niall Horan|
|Wow! Klopp hails Sarri´s Chelsea transformation|
|Giovinazzi to partner Raikkonen at Sauber in 2019|
|Bjorn backs ´phenomenal´ Rahm to continue trend of Spanish success|
|Durant in no rush to decide Warriors future|
|Rossi to face anti-doping hearing|
|Mignolet to return for Liverpool against Chelsea|