This Sunday at home, Juventus showed reaction power to overcome the defeat to Napoli back in the last matchweek in the Italian Serie A. Hosting Fiorentina, the Old Lady beat Fiorentina 3-0 with two goals from the penalty spot from CR7 and a header from Dutch defender Matthijs De Ligt.
With the win, the leaders could expand their lead at the top of the Serie A. Counting on 52 points, Juventus, champions of the last eight seasons of the Italian League, are six points clear of Internazionale, who will still face Udinese this Sunday, away from home.
Against Fiorentina, Cristiano Ronaldo completed the ninth consecutive match with at least one goal. Thus, the number 7 equaled the Juventus record, which was set by Frenchman David Trezeguet, back in 2005.
The game’s final score may suggest that Juventus won comfortably, but it was not exactly like that.
Fiorentina played better for most of the first half and gave the hosts a hard time at home. In the 22nd minute, goalkeeper Szczesny avoided Chiesa’s goal with an excellent save.
At 37, a move that changed the history of the game. A shot by Pjanic hit Pezzella’s arm inside the Fiorentina area and the referee awarded the hosts the penalty.
Cristiano Ronaldo went on to put Juventus ahead in the scoring.
Things didn’t get any easier for the eight-time champions in the second half as the visitors battled for the draw and came close to it a few times.
However, the visitors’ lack of clinical edge was crucial for Juventus’ comfortable win.
It was wrapped up as another penalty was given to Juventus, which was later converted by Cristiano Ronaldo.
With the goals against Fiorentina, the Portuguese striker reached the mark of 19 goals in this season of the Italian Serie A. However, he is not the League’s top scorer, as he’s four goals behind Lazio’s striker Ciro Immobile.
Then, in the added time, Dutch defender De Ligt scored Juventus’ third goal with a firm header after a corner kick from Argentine Paulo Dybala.