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Ronaldo Penalty Double Sends Juventus Six-Points Clear

Juventus’ Portuguese ahead Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his second penalty, and his fiftieth aim with Juventus, through the Italian Serie A soccer match Juventus vs Fiorentina on February 2, 2020 on the Juventus Allianz stadium in Turin.
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Cristiano Ronaldo stretched his scoring streak to 9 consecutive league video games with a penalty double on Sunday as Juventus bounced again from final weekend’s defeat to Napoli with a 3-0 win over Fiorentina.

The Portuguese striker slotted in each his objectives from the spot in both half in Turin with Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt heading in a 3rd in damage time.

Maurizio Sarri’s facet open up a six-point lead on high of the Serie A desk on second-placed Inter Milan, who journey to lowly Udinese afterward Sunday.

Juventus had fallen to simply their second defeat of the season final weekend at Sarri’s former membership Napoli, regardless of Ronaldo scoring.

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Fiorentina, in 14th place, have had a resurgence in kind since Giuseppe Iachini took over on December 24, and had been unbeaten within the league this 12 months.

They examined Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny early with the Pole getting his hand to disclaim Federicio Chiesa’s back-heel kick and a Pol Lirola effort.

Fellow Pole Bartłomiej Dragowski denied Rodrigo Bentancur on the different finish earlier than a VAR viewing confirmed Fiorentina’s German Pezzella had dealt with the ball within the space.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo made no mistake, slotting in 5 minutes earlier than the break.

His second got here ten minutes from time after Federico Ceccherini introduced down Rodrigo Bentancur.

Ronaldo made it 14 objectives in 9 video games to carry his tally to 19 this season, together with seven penalties.

The former Real Madrid participant has now scored 50 objectives in 70 video games since transferring to Juventus in 2018.

The 34-year-old additionally turns into the primary Juventus participant to attain a run of objectives in 9 consecutive league video games since David Trezeguet in December 2005.

De Ligt nodded in a Paulo Dybala cross after 91 minutes at hand Iachini his first league defeat with the Tuscany facet.

Third-placed Lazio will attempt to shut the hole on Juventus in opposition to struggling SPAL afterward Sunday.

Roma’s fourth place, nonetheless, is now in danger after shedding 4-2 to Sassuolo on Saturday.

Atalanta are only a level behind in fifth earlier than they play relegation-candidates Genoa trying to transfer into the ultimate Champions League berth.

AFP

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