Juventus' Douglas Costa spits at Di Francesco after headbutting him

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Cristiano Ronaldo said he had been thinking quite a bit about scoring his first goal for Juventus and was glad to finally do so on Sunday in the victory against Sassuolo. "This wound up the opposition, who then reacted badly and you get to situations like Douglas Costa".

Juve midfielder Douglas Costa was sent off in stoppage time after spitting at Federico Di Francesco having become involved in a running feud with the Sassuolo midfielder.

The altercation was deemed to be worthy of a yellow card by the referee, but Costa was later sent off after VAR caught an elbow, headbutt and spit from the Brazilian global.

"I would like to apologise to all Juventus fans for my ugly reaction in today's game", he wrote on Instagram.

"Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen". "We mustn't fall for provocation. We have suffered a goal, a red card and a suspension which will be long". "Then the other team gets back into the game, some players get irritated and that sort of thing happens".

Allegri suggested Ronaldo snatched at a number of chances earlier in the game, but said the Portugal superstar's first goal for the club following his transfer from Real Madrid settled his nerves.

Juventus, who are seeking a record-extending eighth successive Serie A title, are the only team in the division still with a ideal record.

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