Ron­aldo hat-trick puts Ju­ven­tus top

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Mi­lan, Italy - Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scored his first Ital­ian League hat-trick to lift Ju­ven­tus top of Serie A with a 4-0 win over Cagliari on Mon­day as Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic made his de­but for AC Mi­lan in a goal­less draw against Sampdoria.

Por­tu­gal for­ward Ron­aldo struck for the fifth con­sec­u­tive league game to move the cham­pi­ons back above In­ter Mi­lan in their first match since the Ital­ian Su­perCup de­feat to Lazio in Saudi Ara­bia last month.

Mau­r­izio Sarri's side had been pegged back in the first half by the sixth-placed Sar­dini­ans who have been push­ing for a spot in the Cham­pi­ons League places this sea­son but fell to their third con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

The sec­ond-half was all oneway traf­fic with 34 year old Ron­aldo break­ing the dead­lock just af­ter the in­ter­val. He added a sec­ond from the penalty spot on 67 min­utes with Ar­gentina's Gon­zalo Higuain com­ing off the bench to strike a third on 81 min­utes, be­fore Ron­aldo com­pleted his hat-trick a minute later.

Juve are three points ahead of In­ter in the ta­ble with An­to­nio Conte's side trav­el­ling to Napoli later on Mon­day, look­ing to keep pace with the eight-time reign­ing cham­pi­ons.

Atalanta closed to within a point of fourth-placed Roma, who lost 0-2 to Torino on Sun­day, with a 5-0 rout of Parma, hav­ing also beaten AC Mi­lan by the same score­line be­fore the win­ter break.

Ibrahi­movic re­turns

At the San Siro, Swedish star Ibrahi­movic made his de­but for Mi­lan com­ing off the bench af­ter 55 min­utes against Sampdoria.

The 38 year old came on for Poland striker Krzysztof Pi­atek to deaf­en­ing ap­plause from the 58,000 crowd in his first ap­pear­ance af­ter re­join­ing the club last week. But there was lit­tle else to cheer for the hosts who ex­tended their win­less run to three games and re­main 12th in the ta­ble.

New Fiorentina coach Giuseppe Ia­chini had to set­tle for a 1-1 draw against Bologna in his first game af­ter tak­ing over from Vin­cenzo Montella.

The Tus­cany side had lead for most of the game af­ter Marco Be­nassi volleyed in on 27 min­utes but Ric­cardo Or­solini grabbed a point for Bologna deep into in­jury time.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

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