Cristiano Ronaldo scored for a 11th straight time in Serie A for Juventus and thus equalled the all-time record held by Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella in what was also his 1000th professional match. Also Read - Juventus Star Cristiano Ronaldo Agrees For Massive Pay Cut Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Report
Ronaldo scored in the 39th minute against Serie A laggards SPAL this extending his tally to 25 goals for Juventus across competitions. Also Read - Coronavirus: Messi Donates One Million Euros, Ronaldo And Agent to Fund Three ICUs
Goals from Ronaldo and Aaron Ramsey helped the defending champions to a 2-1 win over SPAL as the opened up a four-point lead over second-placed Lazio. Andrea Petanga’s spot-kick helped SPAL pull one back in the 68th minute but it came under controversial circumstances with the pitchside monitor not working during a VAR review. Also Read - Paolo Maldini And Paulo Dybala Test Positive For Coronavirus
Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri called the awarding of the penalty a ‘great injustice’. “Today we had goals scored using VAR when VAR wasn’t working,” said Sarri. “It seems to me a great injustice — if the monitor does not work, the referee must decide. I understand that the regulation allows this and (referee Federico) La Penna explained it to me, but I don’t agree with it.”
Sarri said they are now focused on their next game as they travel to Lyon for their first leg of Champions League roundof 15 clash. “These were very difficult matches and in the last few years we had never won here,” said Sarri. “The test was to collect the three points, then from tomorrow morning we will study Lyon thoroughly. The goal is the championship. The Champions League is a dream, even if in life it is always nice to achieve dreams.”
Meanwhile, AC Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Fiorentina.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first-half goal was ruled out for a handball before AC Milan finally took 1-0 lead through Ante Rebic in the 56th minute. Erick Pulgar equalised converting a spot-kick with five minutes remaining denying Rossoneri full three points.