SAN FRANCISCO, December 19, (THEWILL) – Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus took out their frustration on Parma Calcio 1913 as the Bianconeri made amends from the midweek home draw against Atalanta with an ominous 4-0 win at the Ennio Tardini on Saturday.
A Ronaldo brace took his tally to a league-high 12 from nine Serie A appearances, pushing him two above the pair of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku in the League’s scoresheet. He therefore equals Omar Sivori, the last player to score 33 Serie A goals in a calendar year in 1961.
Juve’s breakthrough came in the 23rd minute when midfielder Alex Sandro’s low ball from the left got the slightest touch off striker Alvaro Morata, to reach former Parma loanee Dejan Kulusevski. The Swede finished with a low strike into the left corner with precision and muted celebrations.
Only three minutes later, Ronaldo leapt highest to head the second for Juventus from a clever chipped delivery from Morata into the heart of the penalty area.
The dominant Juventus were almost three to the good before the interval. Captain Leonardo Bonucci unfortunately bundled wide after Weston McKennie headed Bentancur’s corner towards goal to give him the chance.
When Aaron Ramsey released Ronaldo in the 48th minute with a timed pass, there was only going to be one outcome. The striker drove a low, left-footed shot beyond keeper Luigi Sepe from 12 yards.
In the 54th minute, Juventus had the ball in the net again when Matthijs de Ligt tucked in from close range after McKennie’s header was parried. But, it was struck out because Bentancur’s corner that preceded the chances had travelled out of play before curling back into the pitch.
A hattrick chance for Ronaldo went wide from a corner but Morata added a late goal as a bonus for the visitors who remain unbeaten through the first 13 games of Andrea Pirlo’s Serie A coaching career.
Next, Juventus face Fiorentina at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday, while Parma wrap up their pre-Christmas programme on the same day at Crotone.