Recovered from the coronavirus, Cristiano Ronaldo He scored a pair of goals as a substitute in the second half for Juventus to beat Spezia 4-1 in the Italian league on Sunday.
The Portuguese star entered in the 56th minute for Paulo Dybala and put the reigning champions ahead just three minutes later.
He also converted a penalty to seal the victory for the Bianconeri in the visit to Cesena.
We had a very good game, we should have been more accurate in the first half and finished the game soon, “said Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo.
We responded well when leaving for the second half, with the impetus to win the game, and Cristiano shook hands with us, “he added.
Juventus was provisionally second in the standings, four points behind leaders Milan, who came out 2-1 on the Udinese court thanks to a Chilean goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the final stretch. Napoli or Sassuolo could come within two points of Milan if either goal is imposed in the duel between the two later.
Cristiano Ronaldo went three weeks without playing after testing positive for COVID-19 during a call for the Portugal team. The forward missed three club matches – draws against Crotone and Hellas Verona in Serie A, as well as the loss to Barcelona in the Champions League.
Pirlo decided to leave him on the bench at the start against Spezia, with Álvaro Morata replacing him again in the starting eleven.
Morata came from a game against Barcelona in which he was disallowed three goals for advanced position. They raised the flag again after an assist from Weston McKennie in the 14th minute, but this time the video referee validated the goal.
But the Spanish attacker had a goal disallowed for advanced position shortly after and Spezia equalized when Tommaso Pobega’s shot was deflected to the back of the net.
For the second half, Cristiano entered for Dybala and it had an immediate effect by defining after a good pass from Morata, dribbling the goalkeeper before pushing the ball to the back.
Also entered Adrien Rabiot increased the lead and Vecchia Signora benefited from a penalty signaled after Paolo Bartolomei’s foul on Federico Chiesa. Cristiano was in charge of the collection, chipping the ball.
THE MAGIC OF IBRA
Early in the morning, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one goal and conceived the other for the leaders Milan to defeat Udinese 2-1. The Rossoneri are undefeated in 23 games in all competitions.
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The Swedish striker continued to defy time with a Chilean finish seven minutes from time, after the penalty taken by Argentine midfielder Rodrigo De Paul had temporarily tied for Udinese by taking a penalty at 48 minutes. Franck Kessié put Milan ahead at 18.
Ibrahimović, 39, who recently recovered from contracting the coronavirus, has scored seven goals in his last four matches in the Italian league.
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In Udine, Milan took the lead with an excellent team play. Ibrahimovic lowered a deep pass from Ismaël Bennacer with his chest and left the ball to Kessié, who finished with a shot to the upper right corner.
The local tied it at 48, when Alessio Romagnoli knocked down Ignacio Pussetto and De Paul converted the penalty.
When everything indicated that the match would end in a draw, Ibrahimovic sealed the victory of Milan with his acrobatic definition.
With a couple of goals in the discounts, Lazio beat Torino 4-1 away.
Down 3-2, Ciro Immobile leveled for the Roman team in the fifth minute of the extension and the Ecuadorian Felipe Caicedo proceeded to sentence the victory after a series of rebounds inside the area.
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