Friday, May 24

Ronaldo stars in Juve win

Defending champions Juventus cruised to a 4-0 victory at Parma on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, bringing his Serie A tally for the season to 12 in just nine games. Dejan Kulusevski and Alvaro Morata were also on target in the emphatic win.

When a breakaway ended with the ball being played to Kucka at the far post, Parma had the first real chance, but Buffon stopped his effort. However, Juve quickly took charge. Kulusevski was given too much room in the penalty area. And in the 23rd minute steered the ball in from Alex Sandro’s pass.

Three minutes later, Ronaldo added the second with a towering header and Juve were on their way. Just before half-time, Leonardo Bonucci missed a third from close range. But it did not matter as Ronaldo scored three minutes after the break with an angled drive. Morata was rewarded with the fourth. An outstanding effort as he headed in late in the game from Federico Bernardeschi’s cross.

Ronaldo’s brace made the irrepressible Portuguese the topscorer in the league. The 35-year-old moving two goals away from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku. Juventus, chasing a 10th successive title, drew level on 27 points with second-placed Inter Milan. Inter host Spezia on Sunday.

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