Portuguese star Ronaldo scored a pair of goals. Photo: Collected
Juventus are returning to winning ways in the Champions League after a 2-1 defeat at Porto. The Old Ladies of Turin rose to number three in the points table with a 3-0 win over Crotone at the Allianz Stadium on Monday night (February 22). Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pair of goals. The other is Weston McKenzie.
Although Juventus took the lead from the start of the match, Croton got the first significant opportunity. Midfielder Arcadius Reka could not aim the shot after getting his teammate’s cross in the D-box in the seventh minute.
The hosts took the first shot towards the goal in the twelfth minute. However, Swedish midfielder Dejan Kulusevsky got the ball out of the D-box. Ronaldo had a great opportunity in the 29th minute. The Portuguese forward could not touch the foot properly as Federico Chiesar from near the right cross.
In the 36th minute, Aaron Radhamji’s head from the Cheeser cross touched the goalkeeper’s hand and hit the crossbar. Juventus went ahead in the next minute. Ronaldo found the address with a great header in front of a six yard box on Alex Sandro’s cross.
He doubled the lead in the added time of the first half. The goalkeeper first jumped Ronaldo’s shot from outside the D-box. The five-time Footballer of the Year then jumped in front of a six-yard box on the Ramji cross from the byline on the left and headed the ball into the net.
Ronaldo topped the list of top scorers in the current edition, surpassing Romelu Lukaku (18) of Inter Milan. He has scored 16 goals in 19 matches.
Ronaldo had a golden opportunity to complete the hat-trick in the next minute. But he could not aim the shot even though his teammate’s pass got empty in the D-box.
In the 85th minute, the goalkeeper returned the shot taken by Ronaldo by entering the D-box. McKinney made the scoreline 3-0 in the next minute. The US midfielder was hit in the corner by one of Mattis de Licht’s head opponents. He scored his fourth goal in a shot from close range.
Juventus has 45 points from 13 wins and six draws in 22 matches. AC Milan is at the top with 49 points from 23 matches and Inter Milan is at the top with 53 points.
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