Juventus ace forward and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal in his 1000th professional game and celebrated in by fashion. In the due process, Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 11th straight game in Serie A and also equalled the previous record. With two players on the scoresheet, Juventus snatched away the victory from low placed SPAL where the tie was touted as a game between top-versus-bottom.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined the team back after the former Los Blancos player was rested against Brescia and the player returned in fashion for the side. Apart from Cristiano Ronaldo, central defender Chiellini also made his come back and was the first start for the player who was ruled out due to knee injury. Cristiano Ronaldo met Juan Cuadrado’s cross just after the half an hour mark. Aaron Ramsey added the second goal for the Bianconeri at the hour mark and doubled the lead.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) February 22, 2020
The victory for Maurizio Sarri led side meant that Juventus will end the week on top of the table who are chasing their ninth consecutive title. On the other hand, SPAL near relegation after their fifth consecutive loss which leaves them with 15 points.
Juventus started the game in fashion scoring the goal by Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the goal was ruled out for offside. Also, the Argentine international, Paulo Dybala’s shot struck the post before Juventus secured the lead in the 39th minute. Aaron Ramsey sent Cuadrado on the right-wing who stuck a low cross and Ronaldo slotted it past the keeper.
Aaron Ramsey, who joined Bianconeri on a free transfer, dinked the ball over the shot-stopper of SPAL who was assisted by Paulo Dybala for the second goal of the night. SPAL players were awestruck from the goal of Ramsey. In the 69th, there was a bit confusion among the referee and the players’ as Simone Missiroli went down under a challenge from Daniele Rugani.
Andrea Petagna scored the penalty which was given after Simone Missiroli being challenged. However, the goal only proved to be a consolation as Juventus saw off the game and sealed the top spot of Serie A.
Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri complained about the VAR and asked for resolution of doubts. He said:
“Today, we conceded a penalty on the basis of VAR even though VAR wasn’t working. It seems a big injustice to me,”
“If the monitor doesn’t work, the [pitch] referee should decide. If it had happened the other way around, the world would have collapsed.
“I am the first coach to suffer a penalty on the basis of a VAR decision without the referee looking at it,”
“I understand that the rules allow it and La Penna explained it to me but I do not agree with it.”