Hellas Verona Defeats Juventus.

Hellas Verona club captain Giampaolo Pazzini  came off the bench to score a nerveless penalty and secure a priceless three points for his side.

 Cristiano Ronaldo netted in his 10th successive league game  one short of a Serie A record to open the scoring for the league leaders before Fabio Borini equalised for the hosts.

Pazzini converted an 86th-minute spot-kick after the video assistant referee said Marash Kumbulla’s header hit Leonardo Bonucci’s arm.

Juventus remain top with 54 points but Inter Milan could replace them at the summit of Serie A if they beat AC Milan on Sunday.

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The hosts who won promotion to the Italian top flight via the play offs last season.

Impressed in the first half and could have easily gone ahead when Davide Faraoni’s powerful drive was tipped over by Wojciech Szczesny.

The champions did have chances of their own Ronaldo struck the post after driving infield while Douglas Costa drew a super save from ex-Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri.

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Ronaldo, who turned 35 on Wednesday, has now scored 20 goals from 20 league games this season, with 15 of those strikes coming in his last 10 outings.

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The best goalscoring runs in a single Serie A season have stopped at 11 games  Fabio Quagliarella last season and Gabriel Batistuta in 1994-95.

it was not to be for Ronaldo and co, as ex-Liverpool and Sunderland striker Borini capitalised on a defensive error by Miralem Pjanic to break into the area and slot home the equaliser.

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