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Juventus sail past promoted Spezia as Ronaldo tallies 20th goal

Serie A champions Juventus beat visiting Spezia 3-0 Tuesday with league top scorer Cristano Ronaldo on target in the opening game of a mid-week round.

Serie A champions Juventus beat visiting Spezia 3-0 Tuesday with league top scorer Cristano Ronaldo on target in the opening game of a mid-week round.

Alvaro Morata struck off a Federico Bernardeschi cross on 62 minutes, seconds after both came on to improve Juve’s sluggish display.

Ten minutes later another Bernardeschi feed from the left found Federico Chiesa who tapped in after Ivan Provedel’s save.

Ronaldo hit the post in the first half and missed a goal-mouth deflection but finished a late counter-attack for a tally of 20 goals. The Portuguese ace saw his keeper Wojciech Szczesny save a stoppage-time penalty taken by substitute Andrey Galabinov.

Juve sit third with a game in hand, three points behind AC Milan, who meet Udinese on Wednesday, and seven adrift of leaders Inter Milan, who close matchday 25 at Parma the following day. Promoted Spezia sit seven clear of the drop zone.

“These were three important points,” Morata said. “We want to stick to our will to win. There are still many points available and we have a game in hand.

“I have had three weeks without much strength [due to the flu] but we all must be ready and available as we have many absentees.”

The earlier match Torino were to play at Lazio was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak at the Turin club.

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