Thursday, February 21, 2019 | ePaper

Ronaldo keeps scoring as Juventus soar 11 points clear

  • Print


Cristiano Ronaldo's 20th goal for Juventus helped the Italian champions restore an 11-point lead in Serie A with a 3-0 win at Sassuolo on Sunday.




Cristiano Ronaldo headed in his 18th league goal this season as Juventus bounced back from last week's stalemate to soar to an 11-point lead in Serie A on Sunday with a 3-0 win at Sassuolo.
Ronaldo proved decisive, scoring after 70 minutes as Sami Khedira found the net first in Modena with fellow German Emre Can slotting in the third four minutes from time.
The Serie A champions had been held by Parma last week despite the Portugese forward's double.
Now they have left second-placed Napoli trailing after Carlo Ancelotti's side were held to a goalless draw at Fiorentina on Saturday.
Paulo Dybala again started on the bench coming on late for the champions, to help set up the third goal, with coach Massimiliano Allegri saying he needed to find the right balance.
"Ronaldo and Dybala can certainly play together and they will do, but we need everyone to work hard in order to keep the team balanced," said Allegri. "It all depends on who you are playing against. Sassuolo have a strong midfield, so I had to balance my team that way today.
"Players are disappointed, but every now and then sitting on the bench is necessary to recharge batteries and rediscover the right mental toughness."
Juventus had started slowly with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saving twice in the opening minutes as the champions were without injured defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. The pair are fighting to be fit for Juventus's European Champions League last 16 trip to Atletico Madrid in 10 days' time.
Juventus broke through after Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli rushed out to parry a Ronaldo shot leaving the way clear for Khedira to turn in the rebound after 23 minutes.
It was the German international's second league goal of his injury-hit campaign, after scoring the opening goal of the Serie A season against Chievo on August 18.
Consigli denied Federico Bernardeschi just before the break with a Khedira header flying wide.
But Portuguese star Ronaldo jumped highest after 70 minutes to meet Pjanic's corner for his fourth goal in his last three league games to bring his tally to 20 goals for Juventus in all competitions.
The 34-year-old celebrated by mimicking Dybala's 'mask' goal celebration.
Argentine Dybala came off the bench seven minutes from time along with Can and was involved in the buildup for the final goal with Ronaldo proving the assist.
Inter Milan are third -- 20 points behind Juventus -- after beating Parma 1-0 on Saturday, for their first league win of 2019.
But city rivals AC Milan are just four points behind Inter in fourth after beat struggling Cagliari 3-0, with new signings Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek both scoring.
Cagliari defender Luca Ceppitelli gave the hosts their first with an unfortunate own goal after 12 minutes.
Brazilian Paqueta volleyed in the second after 22 minutes with Polish forward Piatek again finding the net after 62 for his fourth goal in all competitions.

More News For this Category

Neymar 'cried for two days' after new foot injury

Neymar 'cried for two days' after new foot injury

Agency :Neymar "cried for two days" after injuring his right foot for a second time in January, he told Brazilian television according to an excerpt of an interview broadcast

Liverpool, Bayern draw 0-0 in Champions League first leg

Liverpool, Bayern draw 0-0 in Champions League first leg

AP, England :Bayern Munich still can't find a way to score, let alone win at Liverpool.In their fourth visit to Anfield, the German champions drew 0-0 in the Champions

Barcelona's attacking stars disappoint in 0-0 draw at Lyon

Barcelona's attacking stars disappoint in 0-0 draw at Lyon

AP, France :On a scoreless night in the Champions League, not even Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez could find a way to get a goal.Barcelona's attacking stars were held

Atletico meet Juve in a clash of high stakes

Atletico meet Juve in a clash of high stakes

AFP, Madrid :Massimiliano Allegri told Juventus not to be afraid of Atletico Madrid but for one of these teams their worst fears in this season's Champions League are about

A moment of the football match of the Bangladesh Premier League between Bashundhara Kings and Team BJMC at Shaheed Bhulu Stadium in Noakhali on Tuesday. The match ended in a goalless draw.

A moment of the football match of the Bangladesh Premier League between Bashundhara Kings and Team BJMC at Shaheed Bhulu Stadium in Noakhali on Tuesday. The match ended in a goalless draw.

.

Dortmund drop more points at bottom side Nuremberg

Dortmund drop more points at bottom side Nuremberg

AFP, Berlin :Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund dropped more points in the title race on Monday when they were held to a goalless draw at bottom side Nuremberg.Dortmund are now

Roma far from convincing in 2-1 win over Bologna in Serie A

Roma far from convincing in 2-1 win over Bologna in Serie A

AP, Rome :Roma beat relegation-threatened Bologna 2-1 in Serie A on Monday to stay firmly in the race for a Champions League place, but the victory was far from

Man United defeat Chelsea, advance to FA Cup quarterfinals

Man United defeat Chelsea, advance to FA Cup quarterfinals

AP, London :Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba each scored first-half goals as Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-0 on Monday at Stamford Bridge to advance to the quarterfinals of the

Mbappe scores superb goal as PSG win 1-0 at Saint-Etienne

Mbappe scores superb goal as PSG win 1-0 at Saint-Etienne

AP, Paris :Kylian Mbappe displayed his match-winning abilities once again Sunday, scoring off balance with a superb volley as Paris Saint-Germain beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 to move 12 points clear

Top Indonesian football official questioned in match-fixing scandal

Indonesia's top football official, who has been in the job less than a month, was questioned by police Monday over a match-fixing scandal that has rocked the Southeast Asian