Serie A

Ronaldo scores to help Juventus beat Bologna

Cristiano Ronaldo
photo credit: the Mirror

Despite missing a penalty against AC Milan in the Coppa Italia, Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot in the first-half as leaders Juventus resumed their Serie A season with a 2-0 win at Bologna on Monday.

The Portuguese captain scored his 22nd goal of the campaign after Stefano Denswil grabbed Matthijs de Ligt’s shirt at a corner.

The pressure was mounting on Maurizio Sarri following Ronaldo’s spot kick in the Coppa Italia 10 days ago, but Ronaldo made no mistake in the 23rd minute and Paulo Dybala curled in a brilliant second before half-time to give Juventus a comfortable win.

A brilliant back-heel by Federico Bernardeschi set up the second for Dybala who curled an unstoppable shot beyond goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski.

Juventus move 4 points clear of second-place Lazio with 66 points who have a game in hand against Atalanta on Wednesday.

The Old Ladies failed to score in two Coppa Italia games following the end of the new coronavirus stoppage, coupled with their defeat on penalties to Napoli in Wednesday’s final, raised questions over Sarri, who has struggled to impose his style of play in his first season at the club.

There were no questions about the Juventus defence, however, which kept a fourth straight clean sheet in all competitions.

After fielding Ronaldo in an unfamiliar center-forward role against Napoli, Sarri returned the Portuguese to his more comfortable position wide of the centre.

The only disappointment for Juve was an injury to defender Mattia De Sciglio and a red card for his replacement Danilo after he was booked twice in quick succession near the end.

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