Cristiano Ronaldo scores as Juventus Beat Bologna

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Juventus made a winning return to Serie A with a 2-0 victory over Bologna. Maurizio Sarri’s side extended their lead at the top of the table to four points.

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Cristiano Ronaldo converted a first-half penalty as leaders Juventus resumed their Serie A campaign with a 2-0 win at Bologna on Monday, lifting some of the pressure off coach Maurizio Sarri.

After missing a spot kick in a Coppa Italia match against AC Milan 10 days ago, Ronaldo made no mistake in the 23rd minute and Paulo Dybala curled in a brilliant second before half-time to give the Turin side a comfortable win.

Juventus, with 66 points from 27 games and chasing a ninth successive title, extended their lead to four points over Lazio, who visit Atalanta on Wednesday.

Inter Milan are a further five points behind in third while Bologna is 10th with 34.

Juve’s failure to score in two Coppa Italia games following the end of the new coronavirus stoppage, coupled with their defeat on penalties to Napoli in Wednesday’s final, raised questions over Sarri, who has struggled to impose his style of play in his first season at the club.

There were no questions about the Juventus defense, however, which kept a fourth straight clean sheet in all competitions.

After fielding Ronaldo in an unfamiliar center-forward role against Napoli, Sarri returned the Portuguese to his more comfortable position wide of the center.

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