Ronaldo sinks Sampdoria

Sports Saturday 29/December/2018 20:37 PM
By: Times News Service
Ronaldo sinks Sampdoria

Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as voracious Italian champions Juventus finished 2018 on a high with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria to set a new record of 53 points before the winter break.
Ronaldo curled in the opener after just two minutes in Turin adding a second from the penalty spot after 66 minutes, putting the Portuguese top of Serie A’s scoring charts on 14 goals.
Evergreen Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella pulled the Genoa outfit level with a penalty after 33 minutes, with the visitors having a late Riccardo Saponara goal ruled offside after consultation with the video assistant
VAR proved decisive in the game with Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo, dismissing Ronaldo’s penalty as “a gift,” adding “that Saponara goal should never have been cancelled”.
“Juventus are strong, they consume everything. They are a cannibal,” said Giampaolo.
“For me, morally, the game was 2-2.” Juventus open up a 12-point lead at the top of Serie A ahead of Napoli who can reduce the gap when they host Bologna later on Saturday. The seven-time reigning champions also have a record number of points before the three-week winter break with 53 from 19 games.
“Records are meaningless, if not to improve and raise the bar,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri, whose team target a first trophy of the season in the Italian SuperCup on January 16 against AC Milan.
The reigning champions have dropped points just twice, being held 1-1 by Genoa at home in October and 2-2 against Atalanta midweek, and are firmly on track for an eighth consecutive Scudetto. Ronaldo had come off the bench to score in Bergamo last Wednesday but returned to the starting line-up in the Allianz Stadium.