Saturday, January 29, 2022
Home Game Buffon sets record, Ronaldo nets in Juve win

Buffon sets record, Ronaldo nets in Juve win

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set a record for the number of Serie A appearances when he played his 648th game in the Italian top flight in a 4-1 win against Torino on Saturday.

The 42-year-old, who made his Serie A debut for Parma as a 17-year-old in November 1995, overtook the record previously held by former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini.

Buffon stayed with Parma for six seasons, making 168 Serie A appearances, before joining Juventus in 2001. He left the Turin side at the end of the 2017-18 season and joined Paris Saint-Germain, where he spent one season before returning to Juventus.

Gianluigi Buffon
Buffon is beaten from the penalty spot by Torino’s Andrea Belotti

He also played 37 times in Serie B after Juventus were relegated over the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal in 2006 and 17 times in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain.

Saturday’s match was his eighth of the season in Serie A and his first this year.

Juventus went ahead with a deflected Paulo Dybala shot in the third minute and Juan Cuadrado extended their lead before Andrea Belotti pulled one back from a penalty in first-half stoppage time.

Torino were threatening an equaliser until Cristiano Ronaldo curled his shot over the wall and into the corner, his first goal in 43 free kick attempts during just under two seasons with Juventus. An own goal by Torino substitute Koffi Djidji completed the scoring.

The win left Juventus with 75 points from 30 games, seven ahead of second-placed Lazio who were at home to AC Milan later on Saturday.

La Liga: Celta relegation worries remain

Celta Vigo missed a chance to move further away from the relegation zone after a 1-1 home draw against Real Betis.

It was the third straight winless match for Celta, who stay just outside the drop zone with four matches left.

Celta took the lead with a clever free-kick converted by forward Nolito in the 22nd minute, curling a low shot around the wall, but the hosts conceded in the 79th after the defence failed to clear a cross inside the area and Betis defender Zou Feddal picked up the loose ball to score easily.

Former Manchester City winger Nolito put Celta ahead
Former Manchester City winger Nolito put Celta ahead

Celta stay in 17th place after Saturday’s draw, with a six-point cushion over Mallorca.

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