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Ronaldo Scores as Andre Pirlo Begins Juventus Coaching Career with a 5-0 Win

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of newly appointed head coach Andre Pirlo’s Era. He found the back of the net in the 20th-minute before Merih Demiral, Marko Pjaca and a brace from Manolo Portanova completed the rout.

Andrea Pirlo led the Turin-based club from the dugout for the first time as Juventus strolled to a comfortable 5-0 win with Ronaldo on the scoresheet against Serie C side Novara on Sunday in a club-friendly.

Cristiano Ronaldo picked up from where he dropped off last week, where he bagged two sensational goals to clinch his 100th and 101st goals for Portugal.

He elegantly finished off a nice attacking display, drilling his shot from the center of the box into the bottom left corner, after being freed by new signing Kulusevski to score the first goal of the Pirlo Era in the 20th-minute.

Juventus continued to press, however, they failed to extend their lead and the first half ended 1-0 thanks to Ronaldo strike.

At the start of the second half, Andre Pirlo brought in fresh pairs of players as he substituted star players like Ronaldo, so as to reduce the risk of an injury.

Highly-rated USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie also made his first appearance for Andre Pirlo following his loan move from German outfit Schalke 04.

Juventus extended their lead as they scored two goals in 10 minutes when Aaron Ramsey found the back of the net in the 56th minute shortly before Marko Pjaca scored the third in the 66th minute.

Manolo Portanova rounded up the tip as he bagged a late brace, scoring in the 91st and 93rd minute.

Andrea Pirlo has now opened his Juventus account with a win after he replaced Maurizio Sarri at the end of last season and he would hope his star man in Cristiano Ronaldo can lead his team to success.

He would hope his side can maintain this form and build on it ahead of their Serie A opener against Sampdoria on the 20th of September.

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