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Ronaldo-less Juve held at Benevento

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Ronaldo-less Juve held at Benevento

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Juventus again showed their reliance on Cristiano Ronaldo as their superstar attacker was absent for a 1-1 draw at promoted Benevento on Saturday, while Serie A title rivals Inter Milan beat high-flying Sassuolo 3-0 to move second.

The champions' fifth draw in nine league matches leaves Andrea Pirlo's side fifth, three points behind leaders AC Milan ahead of their match with Fiorentina on Sunday.

Ronaldo did not play after scoring in Juventus's 2-1 victory over Ferencvaros on Tuesday which sealed their berth in the Champions League last 16.

"(Ronaldo) had a little problem and he wanted to play anyway in the Champions League," said Pirlo.

"He had played many games with the national team, it is normal for him to get tired and rest."

Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala started upfront in Ronaldo's absence.

And Morata, who scored the late winner on Tuesday, opened the scoring in the 21st minute after collecting Federico Chiesa's cross-pitch pass to bring his tally to eight goals in all competitions this season.

But Gaetano Letizia's volley just before the break earned a point for Benevento.

Dybala wasted chances to score his first league goal this season, including four minutes from time with goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo tipping over the bar.

Morata also missed opportunities to rescue Juventus before being shown a red card after the final whistle for arguing with the referee.

 

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