For the fifth Serie A game going, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored to inspire his side to triumph over Cagliari on Saturday.
In their Serie A clash at the Allianz Stadium, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a first-half brace to help Juventus return to winning ways with a routine 2-0 victory over Cagliari.
Last time out, Juve conceded a last-gasp goal to Lazio to make it just three wins from seven league outings this season, but by scoring for the fifth league game going, Ronaldo inspired them to three points on Saturday.
With 38 minutes played, the Portugal international curled in the opening goal and snatched a second with an impressive hooked finish right before the break.
The side of Andrea Pirlo were unable to contribute to their tally, however when they advanced to second place, Ronaldo’s brace was enough, as they had played a game more than any of the teams around them.
After 11 minutes, Federico Bernardeschi completed a fluid team move with a thumping finish, but due to Alvaro Morata being offside in the build-up, the goal was ruled out.
A shot saved by Alessio Cragno was taken by the energetic Bernardeschi and Dejan Kulusevski fired wide from a decent place before Ronaldo cut to his right and picked out the far corner.
Ronaldo didn’t have to wait long for his second, pulling a leg out to deliver Merih Demiral’s flick-on fly from eight yards for an improvised finish past Cragno.
Demiral almost added Juve’s third when his powerful header cannoned off the crossbar, having played an essential part in the second goal.
Three minutes later, Cragno held another Bernardeschi attempt out and the missing opportunities almost returned to plague the home side.
With a little over 20 minutes remaining, Ragnar Klavan nodded to the bottom corner, but the score was chalked off on the return of Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt for a penalty.
And what is next?
With a home match against Ferencvaros, Juventus turn attention back to the Champions League on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Cagliari, who had won four of their last five matches in all competitions before today, will host Hellas Verona at the Copa Italia.