Serie A:Cristiano Ronaldo fires Juventus into third position

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Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace as Juventus returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Crotone to keep Andrea Pirlo’s men in the Serie A title race.

The pressure was on the Old Lady following back-to-back defeats to Napoli and Porto, but the defending Italian champions secured a much-needed result to take them up to third place, eight points behind pace-setters Inter.

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Juventus dominated the majority of the first half, but had to wait until the 38th minute to make the breakthrough, with Ronaldo heading home an Alex Sandro cross from deep.

And Ronaldo doubled his, and Juventus’, advantage soon after, this time powering a header into the back of the Crotone net after Aaron Ramsey had staged a cross for the Portuguese forward to attack.

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Ronaldo was presented with a golden opportunity to complete a quick-fire hat trick before the break, but he somehow stuck his finish wide when the goal was gaping. Weston McKennie, however, did add a third for Juventus in the second half as the hosts swept aside Crotone


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