Cristiano Ronaldo scores TWO headers – including trademark hanging leap – with Weston McKennie also on target as Juventus move up to third place in Serie A with comfortable win over Crotone
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace as Juventus secured a 3-0 victory v Crotone
- Both of Ronaldo’s goals were headers, with Juventus moving up to third place
- Weston McKennie was also on target against the bottom side in Serie A
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus strolled to a 3-0 home win over bottom side Crotone in Serie A on Monday, with the victory taking the champions up to third in the standings.
Juve were a little sluggish to get going, but their ever-reliable talisman arrived to meet an Alex Sandro cross in the 38th minute to give Andrea Pirlo’s side the lead.
Ronaldo looked hungry for more and another bullet header in first-half stoppage time doubled the lead, taking the Portugal forward back to the top of the league’s scoring charts on 18 goals, one ahead of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace as Juventus secured a 3-0 victory at home to Crotone
Ronaldo celebrates his second goal with Dejan Kulusevski (left) and Merih Demiral (right)
The Portuguese star opened the scoring for Juventus with a header in the 38th minute
The 36-year-old had chances to complete a hat-trick but it was Weston McKennie who added the third, hammering home his fourth Serie A goal of the season in the 66th minute.
A first win in four matches in all competitions ensured Juve climbed from sixth to third in the table and onto 45 points, eight behind leaders Inter with a game in hand.
Crotone remain rooted to the foot of the table with 12 points from 23 games, eight points from the safety zone.
Ronaldo scored both his and Juventus’ second goal with another header just before half time
Weston McKennie was also on the scoresheet as Juventus moved up to third place in Serie A
McKennie scored in the 66th minute as he put Juventus 3-0 up against struggling Crotone
Juventus: Buffon, Danilo, Demiral, De Ligt, Alex Sandro (Frabotta 86), Chiesa (Di Pardo 86), McKennie, Bentancur (Fagioli 70), Ramsey (Bernadeschi 76), Kulusevski (Morata 76), Ronaldo
Subs: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Dragusin, Peeters
Goals: Ronaldo 38, 45, McKennie 66
Booked: Danilo, Ramsey, Frabotta
Crotone: Cordaz, Magallan, Golemic, Luperto (Marrone 46), Pereira, Messias, Molina (Zanelatto 71), Vulic, Reca (Rispoli 67), Di Carmine (Riviere 77), Ounas (Nwankwo 72)
Subs: Cigarini, Dragus, D’Aprile, Petriccione, Crespi, Festa, Henrique
Aaron Ramsey forces a save from Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz in the Serie A clash
The comfortable victory against Crotone saw Andrea Pirlo’s side move up third in Serie A
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