MILAN: Juventus lost embarrassingly 2-0 to Cagliari just a day after confirming their ninth consecutive Serie A title apart from waiting for the last 16 of the Champions League.
20-year-old Cagliari forward Luca Gagliano opened the scoring eight minutes after playing in Serie A for the first time, beating veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for his first major league goal.
The young Italian striker then baited Giovanni Simeone’s goal at the end of the first half to give Cagliari his first win against Juventus in 11 years.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed the chance to chase the Serie A top scorer, Ciro Immobile with the Portuguese now four goals behind the Lazio striker who collected 35 goals left in a match.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was disqualified for offside after 16 minutes and was twice denied by Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno as the 13th-ranked team from Sardinia ended their eight-match unbeaten run.
It was a worrying performance for Maurizio Sarri’s squad that only won two of their last seven matches.
Their main strikers, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa are fighting for fitness ahead of the Champions League clash with Lyon on August 7 in Turin, when they need to change the deficit 1-0 in the first leg.