Allianz Stadium was the place where Juventus got visited by Crotone in a new Serie A match on Monday. We have tonight’s player ratings.
Juventus finally got back to a positive result thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo after their defeat against Porto last week. They faced Crotone in a new Serie A match with the Portuguese forward going back to scoring again in Serie A after more than a month. The last time he scored was at the start of January against Sassuolo. Although he scored in Coppa Italia and the Italian Supercoppa, Cristiano was lacking in the domestic competition. This goal drought allowed both clubs from Milano to get further away in the table.
With only a pending match, Juventus reached 45 points behind Inter’s 53 and AC Milan’s 49. It’s not a huge disadvantage, which means the league is still wide open for any of these three clubs. Tonight’s result was incredibly important for Cristiano Ronaldo and company. The Portuguese forward cooperated with two precise headers that allowed Juventus to play the second half with no added pressure.
Ronaldo’s brace makes him Capocannoniere.
Before this game started, Cristiano Ronaldo was one goal behind Romelu Lukaku in the fight for Capocannoniere. After his first-half brace against Crotone, Cris surpassed the Belgian striker with 18 goals. The fight for the Serie A top scorer just got a lot more heated after tonight’s result. In the second half, Weston McKennie scored Juventus’ third goal to seal the victory and three very important points.
Italian football is more alive and competitive than ever after this new setting. With both clubs from Milano fighting for the title against Juventus and AS Roma right now. We will continue to follow Ronaldo’s goal-count from now until the end of the season, he is far from finished after tonight’s performance.
Juventus: Buffon (7), Danilo (7), Demiral (7), De Ligt (8), Sandro (7), McKennie (7), Ramsey (8), Bentancur (7), Chiesa (7), Kulusevski (7), Ronaldo (9).
Bench: Fagioli (6), Morata (7), Bernardeschi (6), Fabrotta (6), Di Pardo (5).
Crotone: Cordaz (5), Magallan (5), Golemic (5), Luperto (5), Pereira (5), Molina (5), Reca (6), Vulic (5), Ounas (5), Di Carmine (4), Messias (4).
Bench: Marrone (5), Zanellato (6), Simy (5), Rispoli (5), Riviere (5).
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