Maurizio Sarri hails Cristiano Ronaldo as 'extraordinary' after Juventus brace
Jul 22 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 30goal in the Serie a 2019-20 and becomes the first player in the Italian league to do so.
Maurizio Sarri's men could potentially seal their title with a trip to Udinese on Thursday, depending on results elsewhere.
"I'm helping the team to win".
Most pressingly, Ronaldo's goals on Monday sent Juventus eight points clear atop Serie A, and a record-extending ninth consecutive league title seems all but assured.
Only one point behind Juve when the season restarted, Lazio have lost four of their last five games after being ravaged by injuries.
In the game, Ronaldo scored two second-half goals in minute 51 and 54 for the Turin giants before Ciro Immobile halved the deficit in the 83rd minute for the eagles.
The Portuguese sensation scored twice within three minutes against title rivals Lazio to put Juventus on the cusp of yet another league title.
"There are four games to go, we can not get this wrong, and know Serie A is tough".
Immobile converted the penalty himself and Szczesny denied Lazio an equaliser when he palmed away a Sergej Milinkovic-Savic free kick which was heading for the top corner.
An Immobile rocket from the edge of the box hit the bottom of the post with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny beaten.
But the hosts got their chance when a Bastos handball was confirmed after a VAR review.
In addition, Ronaldo's brace saw him become only the third player in Juventus' history to score 30 or more goals in a single Serie A campaign, joining club legends Felice Borel and John Hansen on the exclusive list.
Three minutes later, Luiz Felipe lost the ball to Dybala who burst forward on the break and generously laid the ball off for Ronaldo to score into an empty net.
The five-time Ballon d'Or victor missed the chance of a hat-trick when his header hit the crossbar after 66 minutes.
"The important thing is we want to celebrate a return to the Champions League after 13 years".