Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP Picture)
TURIN: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, the primary a penalty awarded for handball, to provide Juventus a 2-1 win over Lazio which put them getting ready to a ninth successive Serie A title on Monday.
Ronaldo broke the impasse within the 51st minute, his 50th Serie A aim, and added a second after staff mate Paulo Dybala left him with an open aim three minutes later.
Ciro Motionless pulled one again for a Lazio within the 83rd minute, leaving him and Ronaldo tied on 30 targets as Serie A’s joint topscorers.
Juventus, with 80 factors, are eight away from Inter Milan with 4 video games every to play adopted by Atalanta on 71 and Lazio fourth on 69.
Just one level behind Juve when the season restarted, Lazio have misplaced 4 of their final 5 video games after being ravaged by accidents.
“Ronaldo’s an incredible participant as a result of he has a powerful means to recuperate between video games,” mentioned Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri. “I am not a lot speaking in regards to the bodily facet however the psychological facet as properly.
“We have to get one other 4 factors, each level is troublesome in the mean time after we’re enjoying each three days, so we’ve acquired to maintain centered.”
Throughout a good first half, Alex Sandro headed towards the publish for Juve and Motionless thumped a low shot towards the foot of the upright for Lazio. Aside from that, Motionless noticed little of the ball and sometimes discovered himself alone towards three defenders.
The sport swung Juve’s manner after halftime when Ronaldo’s shot struck the arm of Lazio defender Bastos.
The referee awarded a free kick however, after a VAR overview that took almost three minutes, dominated that Bastos dealt with inside the world and Ronaldo scored with a penalty which squirmed below Thomas Strakosha’s hand.
That made him the primary participant to attain 50 or extra targets in every of Serie A, La Liga and the English Premier League.
Three minutes later, Luiz Felipe misplaced the ball to Dybala who burst ahead on the break and generously laid the ball off for Ronaldo to attain into an empty web.
Ronaldo additionally headed towards the bar however Lazio got here again into the sport when Motionless was tripped by Leonardo Bonucci after pouncing on a misunderstanding between the Juve defender and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Motionless transformed the penalty himself and Szczesny denied Lazio an equaliser when he palmed away a Sergej Milinkovic-Savic free kick which was heading for the highest nook.