Ronaldo puts positive spin on Juventus' 1st loss of season

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus

From left, Juventus forward Paulo Dybala ManU midfielder Paul Pogba and Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic react after Juventus defender Alex Sandro s

From left, Juventus forward Paulo Dybala ManU midfielder Paul Pogba and Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic react after Juventus defender Alex Sandro s

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammate Leonardo Bonucci, right, after scoring his side's opening goal during the Champions League

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammate Leonardo Bonucci, right, after scoring his side's opening goal during the Champions League

Juventus players celebrate after Cristiano Ronaldo scored during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Manchester United at t

Juventus players celebrate after Cristiano Ronaldo scored during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Manchester United at t

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores his side's opening goal during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Manchester Uni

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores his side's opening goal during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Manchester Uni

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri kicks the ball into the pitch during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Manchester Uni

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri kicks the ball into the pitch during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Manchester Uni

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso arrives at the bench during the Europa League, Group F soccer match between AC Milan and Betis, at the Benito Villamari

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso arrives at the bench during the Europa League, Group F soccer match between AC Milan and Betis, at the Benito Villamari

AC Milan's Mateo Musacchio is taken on a stretcher after being injured during the Europa League, Group F soccer match between AC Milan and Betis, at t

AC Milan's Mateo Musacchio is taken on a stretcher after being injured during the Europa League, Group F soccer match between AC Milan and Betis, at t

AC Milan's Mateo Musacchio is seen injured on the ground during the Europa League, Group F soccer match between AC Milan and Betis, at the Benito Vill

AC Milan's Mateo Musacchio is seen injured on the ground during the Europa League, Group F soccer match between AC Milan and Betis, at the Benito Vill

MILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo put a positive spin on his team's first loss of the season.

The Juventus forward, who has been playing and scoring regularly despite facing a rape allegation in the United States, gave his team the lead but they still lost to Manchester United 2-1 in the Champions League.

Juventus had won all three of its previous matches in the competition and 10 of 11 in Serie A. The Italian league leaders next play at AC Milan on Sunday.

"It's never nice to lose, but maybe this defeat comes at the best possible time," Ronaldo said. "We have a great team, we're top of the group and I'm sure we'll go through as group winners."

Ronaldo has not appeared distracted since Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September in Nevada claiming he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request.

Ronaldo has denied wrongdoing and also complained that his personal life was being impacted by the allegation.

On Wednesday, Ronaldo scored a superb goal against his former club to give his team the lead, but Juventus again failed to finish off the opposition.

The six-time defending Italian champions almost conceded a late equalizer against Cagliari last weekend before scoring again and winning 3-1. And in Manchester two weeks ago, its dominance was not reflected by the 1-0 victory.

"If we want to get to the final in Madrid at the end of the season, we have to learn from tonight because it comes down to the small details," Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said. "We should have won this game comfortably.

"We're still in the mix and it's better to lose now than further down the line but we must do better. It will bring us down a peg or two. This sort of thing had been in the air for a few games and we botched up big time tonight."

Milan, which will be missing several players because of injury for Sunday's match, has won its past three league games to move up to fourth in Serie A.

"We need to pick ourselves up right away because we have a massive game in Milan on Sunday," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We need to keep working."

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