Cristiano Ronaldo scores long-range effort in Juventus win

Ruben Hill
July 1, 2020

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri feels forward Cristiano Ronaldo is improving with every passing game and he is all set to start in the upcoming Serie A clash against Genoa on Tuesday despite matches coming up thick and fast and fatigue being a cause for concern.

Since losing the Italian Cup final to Napoli in a penalty shootout, Juventus has won all three of its league matches in the restart.

Paulo Dybala opened the scoring shortly after the break by evading three defenders before firing in a low shot that Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin, on loan from Juve, could only get a weak hand on.

The five time Ballon d'Or victor might be more a great goalscorer than scorer of great goals these days but on Tuesday night he showed what he can still do.

Seven minutes later it was Ronaldo's turn.

The Portugal star has now scored 24 goals in 25 Serie A matches this season.

Andrea Pinamonti did pull a goal back for Genoa but it was far too little, far too late, for the hosts as Sarri's side continue their run to the title.

Ciro Immobile and Marco Parolo scored second-half goals to cancel out an early penalty from Andrea Bellotti.

Second-placed Lazio, who hit back to beat Fiorentina 2-1 on Saturday, then repeated the trick with Marco Parolo's 73rd-minute victor, leaving them with 68 points from 29 games.

The only sour note for Lazio was a yellow card for Immobile, who will miss their next game against AC Milan to end his ever-present record.

Parolo scored the victor with a deflected shot from just beyond the area.

The win leaves them four points ahead of closest rivals Lazio with nine games to go of the season, whilst their opponents are just one place above the relegation zone.

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