Aaron Ramsey scored on his debut to send Juventus on their way to a 2-1 win over newly promoted Hellas Verona amid a strained atmosphere at the Allianz Stadium.
His goal cancelled out Miguel Veloso’s opener for Verona, who also missed a penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo was more successful with his spot kick for Juventus in the second half.
“I’ve waited a long time for this moment,” said Ramsey, who has only recently returned to fitness following a hamstring injury.
“I’m really happy, both for the victory and for the goal.” Juventus also needed Gianluigi Buffon to pull off a number of crucial saves to stop Verona from equalising in the second half.
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Ronaldo put Juve’s sub-par performance down to the players’ exertions midweek in the 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
“It was a difficult game, but the important thing is that the team did well, we were losing and we recovered,” he said.
“After the Champions League we were tired, it’s normal after such an intense game like the one against Atletico, but we take three points and go ahead.”
As well as Ramsey making his debut after joining from Arsenal in the offseason, Buffon was playing his first match since his return after a season at Paris Saint-Germain.
It was his 902nd club match as a professional, equalling Paolo Maldini’s record for an Italian player.
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Elsewhere, Inter Milan maintained their perfect start to the season as they beat city rival AC Milan 2-0 in an entertaining derby match.
Both teams had a goal ruled out in the first half and Inter hit the woodwork.
The Nerazzurri broke the deadlock shortly after the interval with a deflected strike from Marcelo Brozovic.
Romelu Lukaku all but sealed the result in the 78th minute with his third goal in four Serie A matches.
It would have been worse for Milan had it not been for several impressive saves from goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
This was a fourth successive win for Inter in their first season under Antonio Conte.