Cristiano Ronaldo beaten again
Football – Serie A – Juventus v Benevento – Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy – March 21, 2021. Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the match. [REUTERS/Massimo Pinca]

Benevento dented Juventus’ Serie A title hopes on Sunday as Adolfo Gaich’s second-half strike sealed a shock 1-0 victory in Turin and ended the relegation battlers’ 11-match winless run.

The Argentine pounced on a careless pass from Juve midfielder Arthur Melo to fire in the decisive goal after 69 minutes, and the toothless hosts failed to find a way past goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo.

The defeat left champions Juve in third place, 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan with 11 games remaining.

Benevento’s survival hopes were boosted as they moved seven points clear of the relegation zone in 16th position.

Andrea Pirlo’s Juve were unbeaten in their last five league games but he couldn’t overcome his former AC Milan teammate Filippo Inzaghi in the opposing dugout, despite the hosts mustering nine shots on target to Benevento’s one. 

Cristiano Ronaldo beaten again
Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Benevento’s Nicolas Viola. [REUTERS/Massimo Pinca]

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