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  • Updated: February 23, 2021

Ronaldo Rescues Juventus To Third With Crotone's Win

Ronaldo Rescues Juventus To Third With Crotone's Win

Cristiano Ronaldo completed a brace to move Juventus to third as they steamrolled to a 3-0 home win over bottom side Crotone in Serie A on Monday.

A first win in four matches in all competitions ensured Juve climbed from sixth to third in the table and onto 45 points, eight behind leaders Inter with a game in hand.

The Serie A defending champions were slow to get going, but their rescuer arrived to meet an Alex Sandro cross in the 38th minute to give Andrea Pirlo's side the lead.

The Portuguese forward never gets tired of scoring as he unleashed another bullet header in first-half stoppage time taking Juventus two up and him back to the top of the league's scoring charts on 18 goals, one ahead of Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku.

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Ronaldo's goals mean Crotone are the 78th different team he has scored against in Europe's top five leagues -- only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored against more sides since 2000.

The 36-year-old Ronaldo had chances to complete a hat-trick but it was the USMNT winger, Weston McKennie who added the third, clinching home his fourth Serie A goal of the season in the 66th minute.

A glaring miss at the end of the half showed Ronaldo is only human before two fine saves by Alex Cordaz after the break denied the Portuguese another hat-trick.

Crotone remains rooted to the foot of the table with 12 points from 23 games, eight points from the safety zone.

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