Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as he inspired Juventus to a 2-1 victory against Sassuolo to put an end to his goal drought in the Italian Serie A.
After playing to a goalless draw in the opening half of the game, Ronaldo tapped home just five minutes into the second half to break the deadlock and get his name on the Serie A score sheet since his move from Real Madrid.
Ten minutes later, the 33-year-old Portuguese forward doubled the lead as he finished off a rapid counter-attack with a shot in the bottom corner.
Babacar scored Sassuolo’s only consolation in the 91st minute.
Meanwhile, Brazilian winger Douglas Costa got himself sent off in stoppage time after a video assistant referee confirmed that he had spat at Federico di Francesco.
Ronaldo missed the chance to score a hat trick as he squandered away two chances inside the box late in the game.
The victory saw Juventus win their fourth consecutive game of the season in four matches are top of the table with 12 points.
By Robert K James