CRISTIANO RONALDO scored his 20th goal in 21 Serie A games as Juventus kept their faint title hopes alive with a 3-0 win against lowly Spezia.
Ronnie bagged his latest strike in the 89th minute, becoming the first player in Europe’s top five leagues to reach 20 league goals for the TWELFTH successive season.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 20th league goal in 21 matches against SpeziaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Juventus moved to within seven points of league leaders Inter Milan after Tuesday’s 3-0 winCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Federico Bernardeschi also played a crucial part off the bench, coming on to set up strikes for fellow sub Alvaro Morata and Federico Chiesa.
It was a much-needed win for Andrea Pirlo, who came under heavy criticism following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Verona.
The result means Juventus are seven points off league leaders Inter Milan.
Juve have won the last NINE Scudettos, making them Italy’s dominant force over the past decade.
Tuesday’s win against Spezia keeps their hopes alive, with Inter visiting Turin on the second-last day of the season.
But Antonio Conte’s men look to be in pole position to secure a first title since the days of Jose Mourinho in 2010.
Inter wrapped up their fifth successive Serie A win with a 3-0 victory over Genoa on Sunday.
And they can move ten points above Juventus if they best Parma on Thursday.
Should Pirlo’s men fail to retain their title, they still have a Coppa Italia final against Atalanta to look forward to.
But there is still work to be done in the ever-elusive Champions League.
Juventus trail Porto 2-1 from the first leg of their last-16 tie.
But Chiesa’s 82nd minute away goal in Portugal could prove pivotal in Juve’s home leg next week.