IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates along with his teammates after scoring the primary aim for Juventus in opposition to FC Crotone at Allianz Stadium in Turin, on Monday. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus strolled to a 3-0 dwelling win over backside aspect Crotone within the Italian Serie A on Monday, with the victory taking the champions up to third within the standings.
Juve had been a bit sluggish to get going, however their ever-reliable talisman arrived to meet an Alex Sandro cross within the thirty eighth minute to give Andrea Pirlo’s aspect the lead.
Ronaldo regarded hungry for extra and one other bullet header in first-half stoppage time doubled the lead, taking the Portugal ahead again to the highest of the league’s scoring charts on 18 objectives, one forward of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.
The 36-year-old had possibilities to full a hat-trick however it was Weston McKennie who added the third, hammering dwelling his fourth Serie A aim of the season within the 66th minute.
A primary win in 4 matches in all competitions ensured Juve climbed from sixth to third within the desk and onto 45 factors, eight behind leaders Inter with a recreation in hand.
“The desire we have to return to the top makes me feel comfortable,” Pirlo stated. “The attitude of the players also pleases me.
“When now we have extra gamers free from harm I’ll have extra selection and this additionally makes me really feel snug. We know that Inter are a terrific group and we all know now we have to struggle [to win the title].”
IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo scores the primary aim for Juventus. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images
Crotone stay rooted to the foot of the desk with 12 factors from 23 video games, eight factors from the security zone.
Aaron Ramsey thought he had given the champions the lead with a looping header solely to see the ball come out off the crossbar, earlier than Ronaldo confirmed him how it’s finished with two expertly-taken headers.
Always trying to break information, Crotone grew to become the 78th totally different aspect Ronaldo has scored in opposition to in Europe’s prime 5 leagues — solely Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored in opposition to extra groups since 2000.
A obvious miss on the finish of the half confirmed Ronaldo is barely human, earlier than two tremendous saves denied him one other hat-trick after the break.
McKennie’s close-range end put the sport past doubt, however the league’s prime goalscorer was nonetheless doing the whole lot he might, proper till the final minute, to add one other.
Benteke’s last-gasp aim arms Crystal Palace win over Brighton
IMAGE: Christian Benteke scores the winner for Crystal Palace in opposition to Brighton & Hove Albion at American Express Community Stadium in Brighton. Photograph: Frank Augstein – Pool/Getty Images
Christian Benteke’s stoppage-time volley earned Crystal Palace a dramatic 2-1 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion within the English Premier League on Monday, regardless of the guests being second finest for a lot of the competition.
Palace took the lead as mortgage signing Jean-Philippe Mateta scored his first aim in English soccer with an improvised end within the twenty eighth minute.
Brighton improved after the break and pulled stage within the fifty fifth minute by Joel Veltman, who swept dwelling his first aim for Graham Potter’s aspect because the ball broke unfastened within the penalty space.
The possibilities stored coming for Brighton as they completed the match having had 25 pictures at aim.
But Palace, from simply three efforts, scored twice, with Benteke popping up with the winner to break Brighton hearts within the ninety fifth minute.
The win moved Palace up to thirteenth within the standings on 32 factors. Brighton remained sixteenth on 26 factors, 4 factors away from the relegation zone.
“It is a massive result,” Benteke informed Sky Sports. “We know we play a derby against a very good side.
“It wasn’t straightforward, they managed to come again within the recreation within the second half. We put our lives on the road, tried to defend as a lot as we might and I had an opportunity to rating a terrific aim.”
Brighton came into the match unbeaten in their last six league games, but it was Palace who struck first. The finish was exquisite as Mateta, on loan from Bundesliga side Mainz 05, let the ball come through his legs before backheeling it in.
Mateta’s opener was the first goal Brighton had conceded on home soil in the Premier League in 343 minutes, but their defence was rarely troubled after that..
Brighton’s finishing let them down time and again, with only five of their 25 attempts at goal hitting the target.
“It is tough, a really sore one, we did the whole lot however get the factors,” Potter told Sky Sports.
“They had been in our field I believe twice and scored two. That is the fantastic thing about soccer however it would not really feel so lovely in the intervening time, it feels painful.”
Benteke latched on to Andros Townsend’s cross to secure an unlikely victory with his first league goal since mid-December.
In-form Sevilla beat Osasuna to stake claim in title race
IMAGE: Sevilla’s gamers rejoice after Diego Carlos scored the opening aim in opposition to Osasuna at Estadio El Sadar in Pamplona. Photograph: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images
Sevilla’s Diego Carlos and Luuk de Jong bought on the scoresheet to safe a fifth La Liga win in a row as their aspect loved a 2-0 victory at Osasuna on Monday to transfer above Barcelona into third place and be a part of the title race.
Osasuna defender Oier Sanrujo nearly bought the hosts off to an ideal begin when he despatched a header crashing in opposition to the put up within the opening minutes however it was Sevilla’s Brazilian defender Diego Carlos who broke the impasse.
The Spaniard outjumped two Osasuna gamers to meet an out-swinging nook from Joan Jordan and his header had an excessive amount of energy for goalkeeper Sergio Herrera to maintain out.
De Jong put the guests additional forward early within the second half with a backheel to information a low cross from Munir El Haddadi into the web, whereas substitute Papu Gomez practically added a 3rd late on however was denied by Herrera.
It was a welcome victory for Sevilla after their 3-2 dwelling defeat by Borussia Dortmund within the Champions League last-16, first leg final week and noticed them transfer to 48 factors, one level forward of Barca who drew 1-1 at dwelling to Cadiz on Sunday.
They took benefit of Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 defeat by Levante on Saturday to shut the hole with the leaders to seven factors with 15 video games left, including extra intrigue to a title race which regarded like a forgone conclusion lower than a month in the past.
Sevilla are additionally 4 factors behind second-placed Real Madrid, with a recreation in hand.
“We played well in every aspect, we were solid defensively against a team that plays with a lot of intensity and pace while not altering our usual attacking style,” stated Lopetegui.
“Apart from their early clear chance, we were superior to them throughout the game.”
Sevilla now flip their attentions to a double header with Barcelona, internet hosting the Catalans in La Liga subsequent Saturday with an opportunity to go 4 factors above them.
They then head to the Camp Nou for a Copa del Rey semi-final second leg on Wednesday, holding a commanding 2-0 lead.
Lopetegui was not concerned about discussing his aspect’s title credentials however stated followers ought to be happy to entertain the prospect of a tilt.
“We have a limited amount of energy and we have to dedicate it all to thinking about our next game. Today was very tough and now we have to think about facing Barcelona. But it’s not my place to tell people how they should feel about that.”