Cristiano Ronaldo double takes Juventus closer to Serie A title


Juventus can take a step towards retaining their Serie A title with a win over fellow Scudetto hopefuls Lazio on Monday.

Juventus are on the verge of sealing their ninth successive Serie A title after Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to earn a 2-1 win over Lazio at the Allianz Stadium.

But Simone Inzaghi's side have been hit by injuries and poor form since the return, losing five of eight games, with four of those defeats coming in the last five matches.

Over a three-minute span of the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Juventus would not lose to Lazio for a third time this season. Ronaldo's effort squirmed in under Thomas Strakosha's hand to put the hosts in front.

Lazio were likewise rejected by the woodwork quickly prior to half-time when Immobile sent out a rasping strike cannoning off the post.

But there was no rejecting Ronaldo his location in Serie A history after VAR reversed the choice that Bastos had actually managed his shot outside the location.

Ronaldo stepped up to slot in on 51 minutes and added a second after a Luiz Felipe blunder allowed Dybala to gain possession with the Argentine powering up the pitch, before teeing up the Portuguese to finish off.

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They would soon be made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as Arsenal doubled their lead with 20 minutes remaining. In the clip, the Spaniard was seen gesticulating in what appeared to be a tactical talk to an empty chair next to him.

Leonardo Bonucci paid the cost for casual safeguarding as he dropped Immobile, who won and absolutely transformed an 83 rd-minute charge to fray Juve nerves.

They will next take on Udinese on Thursday.

What does it imply?

"Without doubt, Sarri will be the Juventus coach next season". Records are always important, I've got people used to breaking records in one competition or another.

If all that wasn't enough, Ronaldo is the fastest to 50 Serie A goals in the past quarter century, taking just 61 games to get there.

Ronaldo and Immobile are level atop the Italian league scoring chart with 30 each.

He may also break the single-season goalscoring record of Juventus, who have been owned by Italian Felice Borel since 1934 (31).