Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of ending the campaign as top scorer in Serie A faded away on Wednesday as he failed to find the net when champions Juventus slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat away to Cagliari.
The 35-year-old Portuguese star is on 31 goals for the season, four behind Lazio’s Ciro Immobile with only a home league game against fifth-placed Roma left to play. Juventus went down to their third Serie A defeat since the season resumed.
Cagliari, who are 13th in the table, shocked the newly-crowned champions in the 8th minute when 20-year-old striker Luca Gagliano reacted quickest, stabbing home Federico Mattiello’s pass across the box to net his first goal for the club.
Things went from bad to worse for Juve in first-half stoppage time as Giovanni Simeone smashed a right-foot shot across keeper Gianluigi Buffon and in at the far post to put Cagliari two goals up.
Simeone might have added to his tally and Juve’s misery when he sliced wide before the visitors pounded at the Cagliari defence with diminishing return until the final whistle.