Ronaldo scores 2 as Juventus beat Udinese in Serie A

Published: December 16, 2019 12:45:20 | Updated: December 20, 2019 18:25:38

Cristiano Ronaldo is back to his imperious best. The Juventus forward scored twice on Sunday to help the Bianconeri to a 3-1 win over Udinese in Serie A Leonardo Bonucci scored the other goal, reports AP.

Ronaldo also hit the post late on.

It was the fourth successive match Ronaldo has scored in, with the Portugal international having a fantastic month after not scoring in all of November.

Juventus moved back to top of the table, level on points with Inter Milan after a late goal saw the Nerazzurri held to a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina.

Juventus is above Inter on goal difference although head-to-head is the first tiebreaker at the end of the season.

“I played well but the individual performance doesn’t matter as much as the team’s,” Ronaldo said. “We must continue like this, training in the right way and doing good things in the game.”

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri started Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Ronaldo.

“Right now, the front three are doing very well,” Sarri said. “We did well for a long stretch, and today we could afford to play this ‘trident’.

“This is an extraordinary solution, but to be kept in mind at certain times during the games and the season.”

It took just nine minutes for Juventus to open the scoring as Dybala chested down Bonucci’s pass from his own half and flicked the ball on for Ronaldo to fire into the bottom right corner.

Despite a number of chances it took Juventus until the 37th minute to double its tally when Ronaldo drove home Higuain’s through-ball.

Bonucci headed in the third on the stroke of halftime.

Udinese scored a stoppage-time consolation through Ignacio Pussetto.

Teenager Dušan Vlahović scored a stunning solo goal in stoppage time to possibly save the job of Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella and add to Inter’s miserable week.

The 19-year-old Vlahović raced from inside his own half before hitting the ball across the face of goal and into the far top corner.

It ended a run of four successive defeats for Fiorentina.

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