FOOT­BALL ROUND-UP Ron­aldo scor­ing spree con­tin­ues

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Mi­lan, Italy - Cris­tiano Ron­aldo stretched his scor­ing streak to nine con­sec­u­tive league games with a penalty dou­ble on Sun­day as Ju­ven­tus bounced back from last week­end's de­feat to Napoli with a 3-0 win over Fiorentina.

The Por­tuguese striker slot­ted in both his goals from the spot in ei­ther half in Turin with Dutch de­fender Matthijs de Ligt head­ing in a third in in­jury time.

Mau­r­izio Sarri's side open up a six-point lead on top of the Ital­ian League ta­ble on sec­ond­placed In­ter Mi­lan, who travel to lowly Udi­nese later on Sun­day.

Fiorentina tested Ju­ven­tus goal­keeper Wo­j­ciech Szczesny early with the Pole get­ting his hand to deny Fed­eri­cio Chiesa's back-heel kick and a Pol Lirola ef­fort. Fel­low Pole Bartłomiej Dragowski de­nied Rodrigo Ben­tan­cur at the other end be­fore a VAR view­ing con­firmed Fiorentina's Ger­man Pezzella had han­dled the ball in the area.

Five-time Bal­lon d'Or win­ner Ron­aldo made no mis­take, slot­ting in five min­utes be­fore the break. His sec­ond came ten min­utes from time af­ter Fed­erico Cec­cherini brought down Rodrigo Ben­tan­cur. Ron­aldo made it 14 goals in nine games to bring his tally to 19 this sea­son, in­clud­ing seven penal­ties.

The for­mer Real Madrid player has now scored 50 goals in 70 games since mov­ing to Ju­ven­tus in 2018. The 34 year old also be­comes the first Ju­ven­tus player to achieve a run of goals in nine con­sec­u­tive league games since David Trezeguet in De­cem­ber 2005.

De Ligt nod­ded in a Paulo Dy­bala cross af­ter 91 min­utes to hand Ia­chini his first league de­feat with the Tus­cany side. Other re­sults: Satur­day: Bologna 2 Bres­cia 1, Cagliari 2 Parma 2, Sas­suolo 4 Roma 2; Sun­day: Ata­lanta 2 Genoa 2, Lazio 5 SPAL 1, AC Mi­lan 1 Hel­las Verona 1.

Arse­nal held in Burn­ley stale­mate

Burn­ley, UK - Arse­nal lost more ground in the race to fin­ish in the English Pre­mier League's top four af­ter be­ing held to a 0-0 draw at Burn­ley on Sun­day.

Mikel Arteta's side are trail­ing ten points be­hind fourth placed Chelsea and look cer­tain to fall well short of the Cham­pi­ons League places.

It was an­other frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon for Arteta, who saw his team squan­der sev­eral chances to take the lead in a match they could eas­ily have lost with bet­ter fin­ish­ing from Burn­ley.

Arse­nal are with­out a win in their last four league games, hav­ing drawn all four of them, and Arteta has won just once in seven league matches since re­plac­ing the sacked Unai Emery.

Ear­lier on Satur­day night, Frank Lam­pard ad­mit­ted Chelsea face a fight to fin­ish in the EPL's top four af­ter An­to­nio Rudi­ger's sec­ond goal of the game earned a 2-2 draw against Le­ices­ter.

Rudi­ger put Chelsea ahead early in the sec­ond half at the King Power Sta­dium be­fore Har­vey Barnes and Ben Chilwell scored in quick suc­ces­sion to give Le­ices­ter the lead. A thrilling sec­ond half cli­maxed when Rudi­ger be­came the first de­fender to score a brace for Chelsea in the EPL since John Terry against Ful­ham in 2013.

Span­ish League: Satur­day: Real Mal­lorca 0 Val­ladolid 1, Va­len­cia 1 Celta Vigo 0; Sun­day: Le­ganes 2 Real So­ciedad 1, Eibar 1 Real Betis 1.

French League: Satur­day: Paris Saint-Ger­main 5 Mont­pel­lier 0, Amiens 0 Toulouse 0, Angers 1 Reims 4, Di­jon 3 Brest 0, Nimes 3 Monaco 1, Stras­bourg 1 Lille 2; Sun­day: Nice 2 Lyon 1. Scot­tish Premier­ship: Satur­day: St John­stone 3 Hearts 3, Rangers 0 Aberdeen 0, Liv­ingston 1 Mother­well 0, Kil­marnock 3 Ross County 1, Hiber­nian 2 St Mir­ren 2; Sun­day: Hamil­ton 1 Celtic 4.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

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