Cristiano Ronaldo’s double saw Juventus edge past Sampdoria and finish the first half of the Serie A season unbeaten
Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a dramatic late VAR call gave Juventus a 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Saturday that extends their lead at the top of Serie A.
Having rescued their unbeaten start to the league season with the equaliser against Atalanta last time out, Ronaldo struck in each half to secure the 17th win in 19 games heading into the mid-season break.
Sampdoria, who had levelled through Fabio Quagliarella’s penalty and had an injury-time Riccardo Saponara strike disallowed by VAR, have now lost their last four away league games against Juve for the first time since 1968.
The only negative for Juve was the loss of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to an apparent injury in the warm-up.
Samp’s resistance lasted less than two minutes, Ronaldo gathering Paulo Dybala’s pass, cutting inside and firing right-footed through the grasp of Emil Audero.
Juve seemed to relax after going ahead, though, and Samp levelled after 32 minutes through Quagliarella’s spot-kick after a VAR review led to Emre Can being penalised for the ball striking his elbow.
Fresh from his crucial cameo against Atalanta, Ronaldo took his tally for the season to 14 strikes in Serie A, and ensured Juve broke the 100-goal mark for the calendar year. A little more than a month away from his 34th birthday, he looks as decisive as ever.