CR9: Ronaldo scores in ninth straight game to match Juventus mark

By: AP | Rome |

Published: February 2, 2020 9:03:09 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with his teammate after scoring his side’s third goal during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Fiorentina, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy. (AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo converted two penalties to tie a club record by scoring for a ninth straight game as Serie A leader Juventus bounced back from a rare loss with a 3-0 victory over Fiorentina on Sunday.

The penalties came toward the end of each half as Ronaldo — who appeared bothered by a bloody cut to his ankle during the pre-match warmup — matched David Trezeguet’s streak from 2005.

Ronaldo now has 19 goals in 19 matches of this season’s Italian league — only two fewer than he scored in all of last season — and i n 50 Serie A matches since joining Juventus from Real Madrid before last season, he has been involved in 50 goals (40 goals and 10 assists)

Matthijs de Ligt added another for Juventus in added time by heading in a corner.

Juventus moved six points clear of Inter Milan, which was visiting Udinese later.

Last weekend at Napoli, Juventus lost only its second match in the Italian league.

Fiorentina, which lost its first match since Giuseppe Iachini replaced Vincenzo Montella as coach last month, remained 14th.

The Viola have not picked up a single point at the Allianz Stadium since the facility opened in 2011.

The first penalty was awarded after a shot from Miralem Pjanic hit the hand of Fiorentina defender Germán Pezzella. After the penalty was confirmed by the VAR, Ronaldo coolly slotted a low shot inside the left post before goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski could get there.

February 2020