Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace in the first half saw Juventus climb to second in the Serie A table with a 2-0 win over Cagliari at Juventus Stadium on Saturday. After a relatively calm international break for Ronaldo, with one goal in three games for Portugal, he scored in the 38th minute in Turin, finding the net for the fifth consecutive league game.
Four minutes later, the 35-year-old forward struck brilliantly at the far post to double his team’s advantage, bringing him to eight league goals for the season, in just four starts.
Ragnar Klavan believed he brought Cagliari back into the game in the second half but his header was ruled out for offside in preparation.
Ronaldo has turned supplier twice as Juventus looked to score again, but a poor finish meant the hosts failed to add to their tally.
The win saw Andrea Pirlo’s unbeaten side narrow the gap by one point with leaders AC Milan with Milan playing in Napoli on Sunday. Cagliari remained 11th.
“When you come back from the international break it’s always difficult, but we came back with the right spirit from the first minute,” said Pirlo.
“We dominated the game well, we needed a game like this.”
Having won four of their previous five games in all competitions, Cagliari showed great confidence in the early stages, with Juventus looking fragile having won just three of their last seven heading into the international break.
However, after recovering from COVID-19, then an ankle injury, before traveling to play for his country, Ronaldo looked sharper than anything around him as he took charge.
Finishing his first goal was a hallmark, cutting inside twice before throwing a low shot into the net, but the second was even better, adjusting when the ball was deflected behind him before sending it back. at home.
Elsewhere on Saturday Atalanta were held to a 0-0 draw at Spezia and Lazio beat Crotone 2-0.