Juventus 2-0 Cagliari: Ronaldo keeps scoring run going in routine win

Paola Ditto
Novembre 22, 2020

Matthijs de Ligt made his first appearance of the season as Juventus defeated Cagliari 2-0.

Ronaldo, 35, has come back strong after his coronavirus layoff, scoring eight goals in five games to join Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the top of the Serie A scorers' chart.

"When you have a champion like Ronaldo you can achieve any result, he is an example for everyone and he only has to continue like this, " Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said.

Juventus rise to second in Serie A, while this Tuesday the club host Fernencvaros in the Champions League. Third-place Sassuolo is a point further back ahead of its match against Hellas Verona.

"It was important for our growth to have a match like this, " Pirlo said. "We played well from the first minute and dominated the match".

Atalanta are sixth, level on points with seventh-placed Lazio after eight games.

Lazio also won 2-0 under torrential rain at Crotone, but rivals Atalanta were held 0-0 at promoted Spezia days before their Champions League trip to Liverpool.

Juventus attacked from the start and Federico Bernardeschi thought he had given his side an early lead but it was ruled out as Alvaro Morata was offside in the buildup.

The Old Lady broke the deadlock in the 38th minute as Ronaldo cut inside from the left before firing an unstoppable shot.

The Italy worldwide was also involved in the second goal, sending Joaquin Correa through just before the hour mark as the rain briefly subsided.

Rock bottom Crotone fell to their sixth defeat in eight games as they remain winless in their return to the top flight after two seasons in Serie B. But it went ahead despite the ball barely rolling and water splashing up from the waterlogged pitch as the players ran.

It was the fourth Serie A goal in six games this term for the top scorer in Europe last season, who had been out for three weeks because of Covid-19.

Correa doubled Lazio's lead in the 58th with a shot from a tight angle after dribbling past Crotone defender Pedro Pereira and going nearly to the byline.

Atalanta and Spezia both struggled in a match of few chances.

Spezia had won only one of its last five matches but nearly took a surprise lead within the first two minutes when Diego Farias' curled effort smacked off the far post.

Atalanta also hit the woodwork at the end of the first half through Duvan Zapata.

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