Juventus 2-0 Roma: Cristiano Ronaldo remains Serie A top scorer as his strike plus a Roger Ibanez own-goal allows Andrea Pirlo’s side to leapfrog visitors into third
- Juventus beat Roma 2-0 to overtake them in Serie A and move into third place
- Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a fierce low strike
- The game was well matched until Roger Ibanez scored an own-goal to seal it
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to defy age and all statistics as the Portuguese celebrated his 36th birthday in consummate fashion by delivering Juventus victory in their 2-0 triumph over close Serie A rivals Roma.
Ronaldo notched up another strike to go to 16 goals for the season in just 17 appearances, keeping himself ahead of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku as Serie A’s top scorer.
Juventus have now won three consecutive league games and this win allowed them to replace Roma in third place.
Cristiano Ronaldo (R) starred for Juventus on his 36th birthday as the Old Lady beat Roma 2-0
The Portuguese opened the scoring with a sharp strike from just outside the box to make it 1-0
A day after turning 36, Ronaldo scored his first goal in four league games to give Juventus the lead in the 13th minute, drilling into the bottom corner with his left foot.
Ronaldo then thought he had scored another with his right, but saw his powerful effort come down off the underside of the crossbar, bounce down on the line and away from goal.
Roma did at least put some pressure on the hosts in the second half, but they could not create that killer chance, with an own-goal from Roger Ibanez in the 69th minute sealing the win for Andrea Pirlo’s side.
A sixth win in a row in all competitions moved Juve above Roma on to 42 points, two clear of their opponents and five behind leaders Inter Milan.
He celebrated Juve’s second which he would have tapped home but for Roger Ibanez’s leg
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