FOOTBALL ROUND-UP Ronaldo scoring spree continues
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.