Scotland Premiership

Buffon seizes upon 1st opportunity in new reserve role

ROME (AP) It was exactly the type of performance that Gianluigi Buffon had in mind when he decided to return to Juventus in the unaccustomed role of a reserve.

The 41-year-old goalkeeper showed off his veteran reflexes to help the Bianconeri to a 2-1 win over Hellas Verona on Saturday in his first action of the season.

After a year away at Paris Saint-Germain, Buffon was offered his old No. 1 back by Wojciech Szczesny, who replaced him as Juve's starter in goal, but instead chose to put on No. 77. Likewise, he declined Giorgio Chiellini's offer to take back the captain's armband that he had earned in his first 17 seasons with the club.

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