Cristiano Ronaldo's hopes of finishing Serie A's top scorer fade away

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of finishing Serie A’s top scorer fade away as Juventus fall to defeat at Cagliari after Luca Gagliano and Giovanni Simeone net for hosts

  • Juventus fell to a 2-0 defeat away at Cagliari on Wednesday night in Serie A
  • Luca Gagliano put Cagliari ahead in the eighth minute against the champions
  • Giovanni Simeone then doubled the hosts’ lead in first-half stoppage time 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo failed to make an impact for Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus side
  • Ronaldo has 31 goals for the season, four behind top scorer Ciro Immobile

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.

Cagliari, who are 13th in the table, shocked the newly-crowned champions in the eighth 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.

It was a frustrating night at the office for Cristiano Ronalo as Juventus lost 2-0 at Cagliari

Giovanni Simeone put the hosts 2-0 ahead in first-half stoppage time on Wednesday night

Luca Gagliano gave Cagliari an early advantage in the eighth minute against the champions

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.

With a first-half goal chalked off for offside, Ronaldo had plenty of chances as Juve dominated, but he found his efforts smothered by the Cagliari defence.

When his team mates did manage to get a shot on target they found keeper Alessio Cragno in superb form as Cagliari held on to win.

Ronaldo can’t hide his frustration after failing to get on the scoresheet for the Serie A giants

Maurizio Sarri’s side finish their Serie A season at home to Roma on Saturday night

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