Ronaldo scores twice in 100th match for Juventus in convert Genoa
Cristiano Ronaldo converted two late penalties on his 100th appearance for Juventus altogether competitions because the Serie A titleholders ground out a 3-1 win away to a dogged Genoa side on Sunday.
Ronaldo, who also converted two penalties within the 3-0 win at Barcelona on Tuesday, fired into the center of the goal within the 78th minute and struck again 11 minutes later, taking his league tally this season to 10.
“I’m very pleased with reaching this number with the Vecchia Signora jersey, but guess what: I even have my mind already assail the 100 goals for Juve,” Ronaldo wrote on social media.
Juve, chasing a tenth successive Serie A title, are fourth with 23 points from 11 games and are still unbeaten, although they need drawn five times. Genoa, who narrowly escaped the drop last season, are one off rock bottom with six points.
Juve had 71% of possession but, not for the primary time, Andrea Pirlo’s team struggled to open up stubborn opponents from the incorrect end of the table.
“We had to place the Barcelona game out of our minds,” said Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo. “We knew we were up against a team that wanted to shut ranks, so we had to twiddling my thumbs .
“The most vital thing was our attitude — we couldn’t await them to play but we had to attack them.”
It took them 57 minutes to interrupt through when Weston McKennie flicked the ball to Paulo Dybala and therefore the Argentine beat Mattia Perin with an attempt inside the near post for his first league goal of the season.
Genoa replied out of the blue four minutes later, Stefano Sturaro sidefooting past Wojciech Szczesny from Luca Pellegrini’s cross to attain against his old club.
Dybala had a goal disallowed for offside and Ronaldo sent a free header straight at Perin before Juventus eventually wore Genoa down.
With 12 minutes left, Juan Cuadrado was sent sprawling by a careless Nicolo Rovella tackle and Ronaldo fired his spot kick into the center of the goal.
Perin then upended Alvaro Morata after Genoa gave the ball away in defence and Ronaldo duly blasted the ball into the roof of internet .
“It was annoying to concede a goal at literally the primary shot on track , especially a couple of minutes after we broke the deadlock, but we recovered from it,” said Pirlo.
“Dybala needed the goal to unblock himself mentally and physically. We’ve been expecting this and now we expect even more from him.”