Douglas Costa issues apology for vile spitting incident against Sassuolo

Douglas Costa issues apology for vile spitting incident against Sassuolo

Douglas Costa issues apology for vile spitting incident against Sassuolo

Real Madrid's new star Gareth Bale has no problem acknowledging that the European champions have become more of a team following Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus exit.

The relief was evident as Ronaldo spoke after the game confirming even one of the world's greatest players was affected by anxiety.

"I am very happy to have scored my first double with the jersey of Juve and especially to have contributed to this important victory of the team", Ronaldo tweeted.

Valter Birsa pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute, with Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski sealing a point for the club from Verona seven minutes from time.

Sassuolo, who caused Juventus trouble all afternoon, were then caught on the break, with Emre Can sliding the ball to Ronaldo to drill an angled left-foot shot into the far corner. "I hope we get a bit of luck".

Ronaldo can expect a hostile reception in Valencia, who had to suffer 15 of his goals for Real and are returning to the Champions League for the first time in three years, hoping to improve on their miserable start to the La Liga campaign.

Ronaldo - Real Madrid's record all-time goalscorer - showed his frustration, however, kicking the post as he missed two more chances.

The altercation was deemed to be worthy of a yellow card by the referee, but Costa was later sent off after VAR caught an elbow, headbutt and spit from the Brazilian worldwide. It was Sassuolo's first defeat of the season.

Speaking about Ronaldo, Ozil told Arsenal's official website: "He [Ronaldo] works really hard and is the first guy to get into the training ground, then the last one to leave".

This is Costa's first full season at Juventus after the club paid a €40 million transfer fee to make his loan move to Turin permanent.

Poland global Krzysztof Piatek scored his fourth goal in three matches to give Genoa a 1-0 win over Bologna, which had midfielder Erick Pulgar sent off in stoppage time for a harsh tackle on Romulo.

Lazio won 1-0 at newly promoted Empoli, while Torino drew 1-1 at Udinese.

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