Serie A: Ronaldo to the rescue as 10-man Juventus battle to hold AS Roma 
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Serie A: Ronaldo to the rescue as 10-man Juventus battle to hold AS Roma 

Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a point for Serie A defending champions Juventus as they rallied to hold AS Roma 2-2 in a league match at the Olimpico Stadium on Sunday evening. 

The Portugal international scored a brace, which was a direct response to Roma's Jordan Veretout, who also scored two. 

Juve, though, had to play the last half an hour with 10 men, after Adrien Rabiot was shown a second yellow of the match. 

The clash was devoid of clear-cut chances in the opening minutes, until the half-hour mark when the hosts were awarded a penalty. 

Adrien Rabiot deliberately touched the ball with his hand, giving Roma the chance to open the scoring.

Veretout then managed to beat Wojciech Szczesny from the spot despite the goalie getting a hand on the ball for a 1-0 lead.

A similar scenario played out on the other end of the pitch on the 42nd minute as Lorenzo Pellegrini changed the direction of the ball using his hand, with the referee giving a penalty.

Cristiano Ronaldo then stepped up and easily converted for the second game in a row to draw level. 

It did not take long though for the hosts to restore their one-goal lead as Veretout beautifully controlled a strongly hit pass from Henrikh Mkhitaryan inside the box before cutting inside his marker and rifling the ball into the bottom right corner.

Roma then came close to extending their lead 10 minutes into the second period after Edin Dzeko expertly controlled a neat pass inside the box, but his effort crashed against the left post. 

Juventus were then handicapped as Rabiot was shown his second yellow, leaving his side with a difficult job going into the last half-hour. 

The visitors however showed their mettle as they fought back and Ronaldo, once again, came to their rescue, heading home a Danilo cross to level scores. 

There were no more goals as the match ended 2-2 with Juventus moving to fifth on the standings.