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Juventus jumped to third place in Serie A after beating Crotone 3-0


▲ With a double scored towards Crotone, Cristiano Ronaldo climbed to the highest of breaking networks with 18 objectives. Afp Picture


La Jornada newspaper
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, p. a11

Rome. With two objectives, Cristiano Ronaldo led Juventus from Turin to a 3-0 win over backside Crotone on the shut of matchday 23 of the Italian Serie A. The victory propelled the Bianconeri to third place in the standings, behind Inter Milan and AC Milan.

The Portuguese star opened the scoring at minute 38 and widened the hole simply earlier than the break (45 + 1). Already in the second half, the American Weston McKennie scored the third of the evening at 66 motion.

After two consecutive defeats, towards Naples (1-0) on Saturday and towards Porto (2-1) on Wednesday in the primary leg of the knockout phases of the Champions League, Juve urgently wanted to meet up with all three factors and asserted his standing as a favourite to crush the weak Crotone, closing in on the desk to AC Milan.

The Rossoneri fell dramatically (3-0) on Sunday towards Inter in the Milan derby, a end result that leaves the Nerazzurri with 53 factors and AC Milan with 49. Juventus, with one recreation much less, have 45 factors.

As well as to the derby, on Sunday there was a 4-2 win for Atalanta, positioned in fifth place – Actual Madrid’s rival in the final 16 of the Champions League – over Napoli, who’re in the seventh step, in addition to the tie goalless for AS Roma (fourth place), in Benevento, which is fifteenth.

Crotone jumped onto the pitch yesterday with out complexes, on the lookout for counterattacks. Andrea Pirlo’s crew had to be affected person to discover a gap in the Calabrian wall. Close to the break, Cristiano Ronaldo did it by sending cross from Brazilian facet Alex Sandro to the nets, with a robust header.

Shortly after, the previous Actual Madrid participant shot laborious from exterior the world. The Crotone goalkeeper managed to deflect the ball, which didn’t go over the top line, however ended up on the ft of Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh midfielder, first, centered in direction of the small space in order that Ronaldo himself may end it off.

With the snug 3-0 benefit on the board, Juve slowed down and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had to incite his teammates, with shouts and slaps, asking that they not loosen marks to maintain zero in his objective.

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