Ronaldo hits 701st goal as Juventus pull clear in Serie A


MILAN: On Saturday, Juventus won 2-1 against Bologna by Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic to consolidate the top spot in series A.

Before his kick-off, Ronaldo was given a unique jersey to mark his 700th career goal in Portugal during the week.

After 19 minutes, the 34-year-old hit 701st, and Pjanic added another 8 minutes after a break after a blunder by Brazilian defending boss Danilo.

The champions in the defense are now four points clear of the Inter Milan second place finishing in Sassuolo on Sunday.

Atalanta stayed in 3rd position after tossing a three-goal lead, with Lazio drawing 3-3, while Napoli ended in the fourth position just one point after Arkadiusz Milik saw Verona off the grid.

“The direction is correct, but there are certain details to work on,” said Maurizio SARRI, Cook of Juventus, whose host Lokomotiv Moscow at the action of the Champions League on Tuesday, “that was a good match with three or four bugs.”

After the second course of chemotherapy, Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic returned to his bench in Turin to fight cancer.

And the visitors expected that they would pick up a rare point against the giants of Turin when Danilo replied with a 29th-minute volleyball to the opening of Ronaldo.

However, in four games at the 54th minute in the face of chaos in front of Bologna Pjanic sealed victory with his third goal.

Bologna keeper Lukasz Skorupski refused to allow Federico Santander to press for a last-stop equalizer for the visitors who fall to 12th place late before the Gonzalo Higuain crossbar and Gianluigi Buffon.

“We’ve seen the Santander goal again, and VAR would have removed it,” Sarri said.

Immovable penalties Atalanta-Series A, leading Ciro Immobile’s late brace of penalties, helped Lazio wiped out a 3-goal deficit in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Atalanta. “Without this thorny shake, we shouldn’t sit on a lead. Otherwise, we leave our heads in these dangerous situations at the very end.”

On Tuesday, Atalanta, which was at the Champions League in Manchester City, had led the Stadio Olimpico in 3-0, with 21 minutes.

Yet Immobile scored from spot 69 minutes, and Joaquin Correa was second less than 60 seconds later before finishing two minutes in injury time with his ninth goal in eight league games this term.

“No one can understand something today with penalties,” coach Gian Piero Gasperini blasted Atalanta.

“Immobile running, someone is grabbing him a little and diving.” Even further, Immobile put his foot in front of De Roon in the second penalty. “Colombian Luis Muriel scored a first-half double on the Bergamo side, with Duvan Zapata, fellow countryman and a star striker who was wounded sidelined.


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