MILAN: Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in the 100th match for Juventus with two goals on penalties when he won 3-1 over Genoa earlier this morning as the defending champions narrowed the gap with Serie A leaders AC Milan who drew at home against Parma.
French defender Theo Hernandez saved two points for AC Milan, who bounced back from a two-goal lead to a 2-2 draw at the San Siro.
Milan’s advantage over Inter in second place is now less than three points after Antonio Conte’s side won 3-1 at Cagliari.
Napoli, who are in third place, are less than one point behind after beating Sampdoria 2-1, the same point as nine-time champions Juventus.
Juventus, who got an extra tonic after a 3-0 win in the Champions League in Barcelona, opened the scoring through Paulo Dybala’s first goal of the season.
Stefano Sturaro equalized for the hosts after an hour of play.
But Nicolo Rovella’s rudeness against Juan Cuadrado allowed Ronaldo to score the first penalty after 78 minutes while the second penalty came a minute before the end when goalkeeper Mattia Perin dropped Alvaro Morata.
Ronaldo, 35, is currently joining 39-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the top Serie A scorer with 10 goals and a total of 79 goals since being bought by Juventus in 2018.
“Is there anything better to celebrate my 100th match with Juventus than scoring two more goals for the team?” said Ronaldo via Twitter while determined to create 100 goals for the defending champion.