Ron­aldo on tar­get again as Ju­ven­tus keep on win­ning

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Ju­ven­tus ex­tended its lead in Serie A to 11 points af­ter beat­ing Fiorentina 3-0 yes­ter­day.

Ro­drigo Ben­tan­cur and Gior­gio Chiellini scored and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo added a late penalty to con­demn Fiorentina to its first de­feat of the sea­son.

Fiorentina dom­i­nated for large pe­ri­ods and tested Wo­j­ciech Szczesny sev­eral times be­fore Ju­ven­tus dou­bled its lead and es­sen­tially sealed the re­sult.

Sec­ond-placed Napoli vis­its Ata­lanta on Mon­day, the day af­ter third-placed In­ter Mi­lan trav­els to Roma. Ju­ven­tus hosts In­ter on Fri­day. "We have started a tough month, with dif­fi­cult away matches, in the best way pos­si­ble," Chiellini said. "De­cem­ber will be im­por­tant. At the end of the month we can do a first eval­u­a­tion. But there's still a long way to go un­til May."

JUVE BLOOM AT FLORENCE

There was a touch­ing mo­ment be­fore the match when Chiellini led Ju­ven­tus to lay a bou­quet of flow­ers in front of the home fans in trib­ute to for­mer Fiorentina cap­tain Da­vide As­tori, who died in March of sus­pected car­diac ar­rest at the age of 31.

Ju­ven­tus ap­pealed for a penalty in the 25th minute when Mat­tia De Sciglio's cross hit Cris­tiano Bi­raghi's trail­ing arm but, af­ter re­view­ing the in­ci­dent on the pitch­side mon­i­tor, the ref­eree ruled it un­in­ten­tional.

The vis­i­tors took the lead shortly af­ter and Ron­aldo was again in­volved.

The Por­tu­gal star took away two de­fend­ers with a clever run, al­low­ing Ben­tan­cur to play a swift one-two with Paulo Dy­bala and fin­ish into the bot­tom right cor­ner.

Fiorentina fought hard for the equal­izer and went close but Chiellini scored his first goal for two years in the 69th minute.

Juve's sec­ond goal came from a rare source, but its third came from a nat­u­ral goalscorer.

Fiorentina de­fender Vi­tor Hugo blocked Mario Mandzu­kic's cross with his hand and Ron­aldo stepped up to pow­er­fully dis­patch the re­sult­ing penalty. It was his 10th goal in his past 11 Serie A matches.

Kathryn May­orga filed a civil law­suit in Septem­ber in Ne­vada claim­ing Ron­aldo raped her in his Las Ve­gas ho­tel room in 2009. Po­lice re­opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tion at her re­quest. Ron­aldo has de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

SPAL 10 FORCE DRAW

Spal man­aged to snatch a point against fel­low strug­gler Em­poli de­spite be­ing re­duced to 10 men.

Spal was trail­ing 2-1 when Thi­ago Cionek was sent off in the 49th minute for a last-man foul on An­tonino La Gu­mina.

How­ever, Jas­min Kur­tic headed in the equal­izer in the 67th, his sec­ond goal of the match.

Spal moved three points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone and re­mained a point ahead of Em­poli.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scores from the penalty spot

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