Ronaldo scores as Juventus extend Serie A lead

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

Juventus presented Cristiano Ronaldo with a special Juventus shirt to commemorate the 700th goal of his career - shortly before he notched his 701st.

The latest victim was Bologna defender Mattia Bani, who was fooled by the five-time Ballon d'Or victor for Juventus' opening goal in a 2-1 win Saturday.

Juve, who climbed top after their victory at early pacesetters Inter Milan before the global break, have opened up a four-point gap on their closest rivals, who play at Sassuolo on Sunday. We need to work on the details.

"It was a good game, but blighted by three or four awful errors that we have to work on".

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic returned to the bench in Turin after his 2d course of chemotherapy as he battles cancer.

And the guests had been given motive to hope of snatching a uncommon point in opposition to the Turin giants when Danilo replied to Ronaldo's opener with a 29th-minute volley.

Pjanic restored the hosts' lead after 54 minutes as he capitalised on chaotic defending from Bologna to pounce on a loose ball and sweep a shot into the corner.

Bologna keeper Lukasz Skorupski denied Ronaldo and in-construct Gonzalo Higuain gradual earlier than each the crossbar and Gianluigi Buffon pissed off Federico Santander's push for a final-gasp equaliser for the guests who sprint to 12th field.

"We watched it again afterwards and Bologna players were offside, so it wouldn't have counted anyway".

"I told the players that we must not try to control a game, sit on a lead or be comfortable, because otherwise we leave ourselves in these risky situations at the very end", Sarri told DAZN.

Meanwhile yesterday, Inter Milan held off a late Sassuolo surge to win 4-3 and keep pace with leaders Juventus as Claudio Ranieri settled for a goalless draw against former club Roma in his first game as Sampdoria coach. Atalanta, who travel to Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, had led 3-0 with 21 minutes to go at the Stadio Olimpico.

Argentina midfielder Joaquin Correa fired home for Lazio a minute later and Immobile converted his second penalty in added time after Marten De Roon's challenge on the Italy striker. Immobile went for a walk, felt someone touch him slightly and dived. Even more, on the second penalty, Immobile put his foot in front of De Roon.

Star Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata was sidelined with an injury suffered on global duty with fellow Colombian Luis Muriel taking his place.

Alejandro Gomez received the third eight minutes earlier than the smash in a rematch of ultimate season's Italian Cup closing which the Romans won.

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