Ronaldo's double penalty sends Juventus a six-point clear
MILAN: Cristiano Ronaldo extended his scoring streak to nine straight games in the league with a double penalty on Sunday as Juventus he recovered from last weekend's defeat to Napoli with a 3-0 victory over Fiorentina.
The Portuguese striker placed in his two goals from the point in any half in Turin with the Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt in third place in the time of discount.
Maurizio Sarri's team opens a six-point lead over the A series table in second place, Inter Milan, who will travel to the humble Udinese later Sunday.
Juventus had fallen to just their second defeat of the season last weekend at Sarri's former club Napoli, despite Ronaldo scoring.
Fiorentina, in position 14, has had a resurgence in form since Giuseppe Iachini took over on December 24, and this year he was undefeated in the league.
They tested Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny early with the Pole getting his hand to deny Federicio Chiesa's back-heel kick and a Pol Lirola effort.
Polish partner Bartlomiej Dragowski denied Rodrigo Bentancur at the other end before a view of the VAR confirmed that the German Pezzella de la Fiorentina had handled the ball in the area.
The five-time Golden Ball winner, Ronaldo, made no mistake, arriving five minutes before the break.
His second came ten minutes after Federico Ceccherini knocked down Rodrigo Bentancur.
Ronaldo scored 14 goals in nine games to bring his account to 19 this season, including seven penalties.
The former Real Madrid player has now scored 50 goals in 70 games since moving to Juventus in 2018.
The 34-year-old also becomes the first Juventus player to achieve a run of goals in nine consecutive league games since David Trezeguet in December 2005.
De Ligt nodded in a center of Paulo Dybala after 91 minutes to give Iachini his first defeat in the league with the Tuscan team.
Third-placed Lazio will try to close the gap on Juventus against struggling SPAL later on Sunday.
However, Rome's fourth position is now at risk after losing 4-2 to Sassuolo on Saturday.
Atalanta is only one point behind in fifth place before the Genoa relegation candidates looking to move on to the final berth of the Champions League play.