Ronaldo helps restore Juve’s lead as Serie A title race continues

AS Cristiano Ronaldo seemingly regains his form after a rusty start to the Italian football season resumption, he was on hand to help Juventus close out their date away to Genoa as 3-1 victors on Tuesday.

This performance ensured the Turin outfit restored their four-point lead at the top of Serie A after Lazio’s win over Torino had seen the gap at the top of the table reduced to one point prior to kick-off. However, Maurizio Sarri’s side made light work of their hosts; dominating possession and making the most of opportunities in front of goal.

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Following a particularly dominant first-half display that failed to produce the goods, Juve made the pressure count early in the second period as Paulo Dybala opened the scoring before Ronaldo, in sensational fashion, picked out the top right-hand corner of the net six minutes later.

Substitute Douglas Costa then put the visitors out of sight with an equally impressive strike to make it 3-0 before Andrea Pinamonti drilled in a 76th-minute consolation goal for the ragged hosts. Juve wasted little time in setting the pace, with Mattia Perin, on loan from the Bianconeri, pulling off two smart stops in quick succession to deny Ronaldo.

Perin’s strong display against his parent club continued before the break, with Adrien Rabiot heading straight at him from close range before the goalkeeper made an outstanding stop from a Ronaldo strike.

Juve’s breakthrough finally came five minutes after the break; Dybala twisting his way clear of several defenders before lashing in a shot which Perin could only watch as it settled in his net. With Genoa’s resolve broken, Juve had their second six minutes later, Ronaldo hammering home his 24th Serie A goal of the season from 25 yards out.

Costa curled in an exquisite third shortly after coming on as a substitute to wrap up Juve’s third successive league win since the restart, though Genoa had the final say when Pinamonti finished from a tight angle. Next up for Juve is the Turin derby up next, who host Torino on Saturday, while 17th-place Genoa face Udinese a day later.

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