Juventus march on after Ronaldo penalty

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot as unbeaten Italian champions Juventus noticed off metropolis rivals Torino 1-Zero to hammer house their domination in Serie A on Saturday.

Juventus travelled to the Stadio Olimpico after their year-long unbeaten file away from house ended with a shock 2-1 Champions League defeat by Younger Boys in Bern.

Ronaldo slotted in his 11th league objective this season, and 5,000th for Juventus in Serie A, after 70 minutes after Torino goalkeeper Salvador Ichazo fouled Mario Mandzukic.

Juventus are actually 11 factors forward of second-placed Napoli, who journey to Cagliari on Sunday, with Inter Milan 14 factors behind the leaders after captain Mauro Icardi scored from the spot in a 1-Zero win over Udinese.

“It was a sophisticated sport, performed on a tough pitch and towards a tricky opponent,” stated Ronaldo. “We put in a superb efficiency, performed higher than Torino, had extra scoring alternatives and deserved the victory. The 5,000th objective? I’m glad, however the essential factor was to assist the crew.”

Torino’s hopes of a uncommon ‘Derby della Mole’ victory took a knock when goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu hobbled off with a hip damage after 20 minutes, to get replaced by Ichazo.

And the match was determined by a poor backpass from Simone Zaza to Ichazo which resulted within the Torino goalkeeper fouling the onrushing Mandzukic.

5-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot, regardless of Ichazo getting his hand to the ball, with the pair locking horns afterwards with the Portuguese striker receiving a yellow card.

“He did properly to get a hand to it, however I hit it laborious and it went in. That’s crucial factor,” stated Ronaldo, who joined Serie A’s high scorer Krzysztof Piatek of Genoa on 11 objectives.

Croatian World Cup runner-up Mandzukic thought he had scored a second 4 minutes later when he had the ball behind the online, however was dominated offside.

It was the seventh straight league win for unbeaten Juventus since being held by Genoa.

“Immediately was an incredible victory to maintain Napoli at a distance,” stated Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. “We performed three days after the Champions League a derby towards a crew which might be coming off a robust interval of type on a tough pitch.”

Torino keep sixth, 4 factors off the Champions League berths, after their fourth defeat of the season.

Icardi will get Inter again to successful methods

Earlier, Icardi bought third-placed Inter Milan again to successful methods with a 1-Zero victory over Udinese.

Luciano Spalletti’s facet had been reeling after their midweek Champions League exit and falling 1-Zero to Juventus final weekend in Turin.

However Icardi slotted in after 76 minutes on the San Siro with a cheeky ‘Panenka’ into the centre of objective after a penalty was awarded for a Seko Fofano handball.

It was the 25-year-old’s ninth league objective this season and 120th for the membership, and pulled Inter to inside three factors of second-placed Napoli.

The Argentine additionally hit the again of the online with a second objective after 89 minutes but it surely was dominated offside.

“It’s the sign we needed to give after Tuesday’s sport,” stated Icardi.  “The frustration might be forgotten by successful, we’ve to complete this 12 months in the easiest way we will.”

Spalletti has been underneath growing stress after Inter let slip their likelihood to advance within the Champions League with a 1-1 draw with PSV Eindhoven.

“Icardi completes the work of the crew as the proper centre-forward,” stated Spalletti. “We should always have scored earlier, to be a good time we neet this killer intuition. Aside from the beginning of the second half, after we bought a bit unbalanced in a bid to interrupt the impasse and ship a sign this sport needed to be received, we in any other case managed the match.”



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