Another goal in the Turin derby has helped keep Ronaldo on course to finish as the top-scorer in Italy for the first time.
After finishing fourth in 2018/19 and runner-up last season, Cristiano Ronaldo is edging closer to becoming the Italian goal king in his third campaign.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner saved Juventus on Saturday by scoring a late equalizer against Torino to salvage a 2-2 draw. He almost had the goal incorrectly ruled out again by the referee for offside, but thankfully, unlike in Serbia, VAR was around this time.
Ronaldo has now scored 24 goals in only 25 Serie A games to keep a four-goal lead over Romelu Lukaku, who scored the match-winner in Inter Milan’s 1-0 triumph over Bologna.
Luis Muriel, meanwhile, bagged a brace on Saturday to help Atalanta beat Udinese 3-2. The Colombian striker has moved three goals clear of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who failed to score in AC Milan’s 1-1 draw with Sampdoria, and is slowly putting pressure on Lukaku.
Serie A top-scorers
Inter Milan extend lead in the standings
Ronaldo’s equalizer against Torino won Juventus a valuable point to move them back ahead of Napoli into fourth-place on goal difference. The two clubs will meet in Turin for their next Serie A match on Wednesday.
But Inter’s 1-0 win over Bologna has left Juventus 12 points behind the Serie A leaders. And with only 10 games left in the season, Antonio Conte’s men now hold an eight-point advantage over nearest challengers AC Milan.