February 26, 2021

Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo’s rocket powers Juventus to 3-1 win at Genoa – soccer



Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a long-range rocket on an evening when every Juventus objective was extra spectacular than the opposite in a 3-1 win at relegation-threatened Genoa. Chasing a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title, the victory restored Juventus’ four-point lead over Lazio, which gained 2-1 at Torino earlier Tuesday. Since shedding the Italian Cup ultimate to Napoli in a penalty shootout, Juventus has gained all three of its league matches within the restart.

“We produced a ton of probabilities and we scored three stunning objectives,” Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri mentioned. “That reveals that our bodily situation is bettering.”

Paulo Dybala opened the scoring shortly after the break by evading three defenders earlier than firing in a low shot that Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin, who’s on mortgage from Juventus, may solely get a weak hand on.

Seven minutes later it was Ronaldo’s flip. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner gathered a cross close to midfield, charged towards the objective and unleashed a blistering effort from 22 yards (meters) into the highest nook previous the outstretched Perin.

It was Ronaldo’s first objective in open play of the restart after changing penalties in his earlier two matches, and it raised his whole to 24 in 25 Serie A matches this season.

To not be outdone, substitute Douglas Costa made it 3-Zero by curling in a shot from past the world contained in the far submit as Genoa’s protection seemed on helplessly.

Andrea Pinamonti then pulled one again for Genoa from a decent angle.

Dybala and Ronaldo had scored whereas enjoying collectively solely as soon as earlier than the break for the coronavirus pandemic. Because the restart, they’ve scored collectively in three out of three video games.

“They’re searching for one another extra they usually’ve realized that by serving to one another they will each turn out to be far more productive,” Sarri mentioned.

LAZIO COMEBACK

Three days after coming again to beat Fiorentina 2-1, Lazio did it once more to beat Torino by the identical rating.

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

A handball from Motionless led to Bellotti’s penalty and means the striker will miss Saturday’s sport towards AC Milan with a suspension.

However Motionless made up for his error with an professional end shortly after the break to lift his whole to 29 objectives in 29 video games — on tempo to interrupt Gonzalo Higuain’s Serie A document of 36 objectives in 2015-16.

Motionless additionally matched his private finest for a Serie A season set two years in the past.

Parolo scored the winner with a deflected shot from simply past the world.

Torino is 14th, six factors above the drop zone.