HT: Ronaldo double inspires Juve

Federico Bernardeschi had a goal ruled offside before Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a quick brace to give Juventus the 2-0 lead over Cagliari.

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The Bianconeri were forced to revamp their defence, as Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Aaron Ramsey injured, so Matthijs de Ligt was rushed back for his first game since shoulder surgery in August and Juan Cuadrado was made captain. The Sardinians lost Diego Godin to COVID-19, Nahitan Nandez was isolating as a precaution, Luca Ceppitelli, Paolo Faragò and Charalampos Lykogiannis injured.

Federico Bernardeschi fired in at the end of a wonderful team move on 12 minutes, but it was disallowed because Alvaro Morata was offside on the assist.

Cuadrado laid off a ball for Dejan Kulusevski to fire inches wide of the far post, while Bernardeschi’s first-time strike was straight at Alessio Cragno.

Juventus finally made the pressure count, as Ronaldo cut inside from the left and fired a right-foot rocket into the far bottom corner. The assist was provided by Morata.

Moments later, it was 2-0 for the Bianconeri and Ronaldo was on target yet again. A corner was flicked on by Merih Demiral to the back post, it was slightly behind Ronaldo, so he improvised by leaning his leg back to flick it in from seven yards.

Juventus 2-0 Cagliari (Half-Time)

Ronaldo 38, 42 (J)

Juventus: Buffon; Cuadrado, Demiral, De Ligt, Danilo; Kulusevski, Arthur, Rabiot, Bernardeschi; Morata, Ronaldo

Cagliari: Cragno; Pisacane, Klavan, Walukiewicz; Zappa, Marin, Rog, Tripaldelli; Joao Pedro, Ounas; Simeone

Ref: Maresca

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