AS decorated a professional footballer as he might be, Cristiano Ronaldo was only just able to rack up his first free-kick of his career in Turin during Juventus’ 4-1 win over Torino in their Serie A clash at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
It became the first in club football for over two years on Saturday as Juventus romped to another win, continuing their bid to secure a ninth top-flight title on the trot. The Old Lady were 2-1 up at the break, thanks to goals from Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado, but Ronaldo – using his trademark knuckleball technique – stepped up to put paid to the affair as he sent Salvatore Sirigu scrambling in the 61st minute.
A Koffi Djidji own-goal in the 87th was the final nail in the coffin for Torino as they languish in mid-table. The win for Juve moved them seven points clear of Lazio, who lost 3-0 to AC Milan in the later game, at the top of Serie A. Dybala opened the scoring for Juve inside three minutes with a tricky run through the Torino defence before calmly slotting home.
Cuadrado doubled their lead through a far post-drive as Ronaldo registered the assist. Torino then pulled one back just before half-time through an Andrea Belotti penalty. Ronaldo’s strike then restored Juve’s two-goal advantage before a Koffi Djidji own-goal saw the game end 4-1.
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