Juventus returned to winning ways in Serie A as they dispatched Sassuolo 3-0 on Sunday evening.
It was a nervy start for Juventus and it took some superb goalkeeping from
The hosts were made to regret that miss when Ronaldo was on hand to double his side's lead. The Portuguese star rose highest to head home from a Juventus corner, all but sealing the win for the Old Lady.
The evening was capped off in style with five minutes left on the clock as Emre Can scored his first Serie A goal of the season, rounding off a flowing move with a confident finish into the bottom corner.
Key Talking Point
Juventus unexpectedly dropped two points against Parma last weekend, so it was important for I Bianconeri to get back to wining ways - especially as the knockout stages of the Champions League are on the horizon.
Although they deservedly won the game, there are still plenty of issues that need to be addressed if they are to overcome Atletico Madrid next week.
They looked rather shaky at the back without
Starting XI: Szczesny (7); De Sciglio (6), Rugani (5), Caceres (6), Sandro (6); Pjanic (6), Khedira (6), Matuidi (5); Bernardeschi (5), Ronaldo (7*), Mandzukic (6).
Substitutes: Bentancur (6), Dybala (N/A), Can (N/A).
Star Man - Cristiano Ronaldo
It wasn't necessarily a vintage performance from Ronaldo, but he did drive Juventus forward in the second half and he played an instrumental role in all three of Juventus' goals.
He has now bagged 18 goals in Serie A this season which, unsurprisingly, makes him the league's top scorer this season. Not only that, but his assist for Can's goal was his seventh of the season which, means that he has the second-most assists in Serie A
Who would have thought he'd be a success at Juventus?
Now Cristiano Ronaldo is the second most assist provider in the league with 7 assists and top scorer in the league with 18 goals.— Zeeshan⁷ (@Factnaldo) February 10, 2019
RONALDO GOAL AND ASSIST TODAY WE FEAST— David (@alvaladescp) February 10, 2019
Worst Player - Daniele Rugani
Perhaps harsh when you consider the fact that Juventus kept a clean sheet, but Rugani did make one or two poor mistakes and he was notably shaky on the ball thereafter.
Juventus host lowly Frosinone on Friday evening before they play the first leg of their Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid next Wednesday.