Juventus are set to seal their ninth consecutive Serie A title after Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to claim a 2-1 win over Lazio at the Allianz Stadium.After a scoreless first half, Ronaldo won a penalty in the 51st minute when his shot hit Lazio defender Bastos in the elbow. The referee initially awarded a free kick but pointed the finger at the spot after a lengthy VAR review. Ronaldo’s efforts twisted under the hand of Thomas Strakosha to get the hosts in front.
Barely three minutes later, the Portuguese striker got his second. Luiz Felipe lost the ball to Paulo Dybala who barged in at the break and generously left the ball for Ronaldo to score into an empty net. It was his 30th goal of the season, which saw him overtake Lazio’s Ciro Immobile as the league’s top scorer.
Simone Inzaghi’s visitors were expected to challenge Juve for the title when the season resumes, but poor form saw them drop to fourth in the table. Ronaldo almost made three but his header came back on the crossbar, and Lazio found a way to get back into the game with seven minutes remaining.
Leonardo Bonucci dropped Immobile in the box after the striker jumped on a confusion between defender and Juve keeper Wojciech Szczesny. Immobile himself converted the penalty to join Ronaldo on 30 goals and Lazio pushed for an unlikely equalizer. Szczesny redeemed himself by crushing a Sergej Milinkovic-Savic free kick that was heading to the top corner.
A first win in four league games for Maurizio Sarri’s side leaves them eight points ahead of second-placed Internazionale, who were held to a 2-2 draw at Roma on Sunday. Lazio are three points behind Inter and two behind Atalanta, third.