Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace as Italian champions Juventus completed 2018 on a excessive with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria giving the Italian champions a brand new report of 53 factors earlier than the winter break.
Ronaldo curled within the opener after simply two minutes in Turin including a second from the penalty spot after 66 minutes, placing the Portuguese high of Serie A’s scoring charts with 14 targets.
Fabio Quagliarella pulled Sampdoria degree with a penalty after 33 minutes, with the guests having a late Riccardo Saponara purpose dominated offside after session with the video assistant referee.
Juventus open up a 12-point lead on the high of Serie A forward of Napoli who can scale back the hole after they host Bologna afterward Saturday.
The seven-time reigning champions even have a report variety of factors earlier than the three-week winter break with 53 from 19 video games.
“The crew is doing very effectively, we had a wonderful first half to the season, now we now have to maintain working to make sure we hold this manner within the second half of the season,” Ronaldo advised Sky Sport Italia.
“I like VAR, as a result of these are tough choices for a referee and we should always welcome something that makes his job simpler.”
The reigning champions have dropped factors simply twice this season, being held by Genoa at dwelling and 2-2 in opposition to Atalanta midweek, and are firmly on observe for an eighth consecutive Scudetto.
Ronaldo had come off the bench to attain in Bergamo however returned to the beginning line together with Miralem Pjanic.
And the Portuguese striker discovered a method by way of early selecting up a Paulo Dybala cross to fireplace in previous Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero.
However Sampdoria pulled degree following a penalty awarded when Emre Can handball with Quagliarella making no mistake previous Mattia Perin within the Juventus purpose.
The 35-year-old grew to become the primary participant to attain in 9 consecutive Serie A video games since David Trezeguet for Juventus in 2005.
Audero denied Dybala earlier than the break with Mario Mandzukic lacking an opportunity to complete off a Ronaldo cross.
The Sampdoria goalkeeper once more deflected over a Ronaldo header on the hour however the hosts went forward when the referee awarded a penalty for an Alex Ferrari handball off a nook after a VAR viewing.
Substitute Saponara seemed to have grabbed some extent in harm time however VAR dominated he was in an offside place and the purpose was disallowed as Sampdoria keep fifth two factors behind Lazio who occupy the ultimate Champions League spot.
Inter Milan, in third, journey to Tuscany aspect Empoli afterward Saturday with out their followers after racism and violence overshadowed Christmas soccer within the Italian league.