Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo scored Juventus’s last goal on Tuesday against Spezia (3-0), in a match for the 25th matchday, and helped Turin’s team return to winning ways in the Italian football league.
A few days after yielding a draw in Verona (1-1), the Bianconeri advanced through Spaniard Álvaro Morata, in the 62nd minute, and extended the advantage by Federico Chiesa, in the 71st, with both goals to be built by Federico Bernardeschi.
Upon the end, Rodrigo Bentancur recovered a ball and isolated Cristiano Ronaldo, who left his ‘mark’ and fixed the result, in the 89th minute, scoring the 20th goal in the competition and consolidating the leadership of the list of best scorers, with two more than Belgian Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan.
Ronaldo reached, for the 12th consecutive season, the mark of 20 goals in one edition of a championship, and the last time he was below this mark was in the 2008/09 season, the last one at the service of Manchester United, in which he scored 18 times in the Premier League.
Spezia, who is in 16th place in Serie A, still had a sovereign opportunity to score the ‘honor’ goal, from a penalty, but Bulgarian Andrey Galabinov allowed Szczesny to defend, at 90+ 6 minutes.
Juventus, who still have a late game with Napoli, remain in third place with 49 points, being provisionally three from AC Milan (52), second and playing on Wednesday, and seven from Inter Milan leader (56), who visits Parma on Thursday.
Within a week, on March 9, Juventus will host FC Porto, in the second leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League, after their 2-1 loss to Dragão.
Lazio-Torino, who opened the round, did not compete, as the visitors had eight cases of infection with the new coronavirus in the squad and were prevented, by the Italian health authorities, from leaving Turin.
Since the Italian League decided not to postpone the game, Torino will be punished with an administrative defeat (3-0) for not appearing on the field, but the direction of the ‘granata’ emblem has already announced that it will appeal the decision to the courts.