Juventus has not let their European woes haunt their form, as they defeated Cagliari in style in their domestic league. The match featured a 3-1 scoreline with all 3 of the goals coming from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo had been under heavy criticism after being linked with a departure from the Italian giants. It is rumored that one of the best players in the world would be leaving Juventus after another disappointing showing in the UCL. Juventus had been knocked out by Porto based on away goals in their round-of-16 tie.
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However, at 36, the talismanic player made a sign towards his ears after scoring the hat-trick. It was a possible reference to the criticism. His 3 goals came from a header, a penalty which he took with his right foot, and a powerful shot from his left foot. It took him a little more than half an hour to achieve the feat.
Chiellini, the Juventus captain, gave the post-match interview. Juventus were under heavy pressure to perform. Chiellini spoke of how the team’s trait was to answer through on-field results. He was pleased by how the team played as a unit and is hopeful of a strong finish this season.
Ronaldo scored his first goal, a header, within 10 minutes of the game starting. The goal also marked another record for the player. He has now scored in all of the stadiums he has played in Serie A. He then drew a penalty which he converted five minutes before the half-hour mark. He then completed his hat-trick soon after in trademark style.
Cagliari suffered their first defeat in almost two months under their new coach Leonardo Semplici. They are now 2 points above the relegation zone, in 17th place. The consolation goal came from Giovanni Simeone in the second half.