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Juventus Sweat After Cristiano Ronaldo Forced Off With Dodgy Hamstring

Juventus Sweat After Cristiano Ronaldo Forced Off With Dodgy Hamstring

Only sixteen days before Juventus travel to Amsterdam to take on Galactico topplers Ajax in the Champions League Quarter-Final first-leg, the Old Lady will be sweating after Cristiano Ronaldo was withdrawn on the half-hour tonight whilst in action for Portugal.

The striker seemed to injure a muscle in his right leg whilst sprinting to catch a ball in the Euro 2020 qualifying game against Serbia tonight.

Cue Titanic music.

Ronaldo was attended to by physio and doctors at the side of the pitch for a matter of moments but to no avail and was eventually replaced by Benfica midfielder Pizzi.

The reigning European Champions, who were held to a scoreless draw at home to Ukraine on Friday night, were back at the Estadio de Luz this evening to welcome a Serbian side who had yet to play a game in Group B.

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Things got off to the perfect start for the visitors when Dusan Tadic converted a seventh-minute penalty after Mijat Gacinovic was poleaxed by Rui Patricio in the Portuguese goal.

The injury to their talisman would further compound matters for Fernando Santos' side, but they were able to equalise before half-time through Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira.

Club manager Max Allegri will be anxious to hear about the severity of the superstar's injury, knowing that anything worse than a minor strain would surely put his participation in the first of the two-legged tie in major doubt.

Juventus are looking to reclaim the Champions League trophy after a gap of over two decades. The Turin club last held the title after beating their quarter-final opponents on penalties in 1996, but have been defeated in four subsequent finals in the meantime. The Italians went down to Real Madrid in 1998, to countrymen AC Milan in 2003 and Barcelona in 2015, before once again being thwarted by Madrid in 2017.

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Aaron Strain

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