Ronaldo inspires Juventus to top with a Hattrick (Highlights)
Cristiano Ronaldo begins the year with perfection as he scores a hattrick at home to push Juventus back on top. The Portuguese captain opens his account for the new year in grand style at home in Turin. With three goals and an assist, he begins the year in top form.
The first half of the game was somewhat event less and ended 0-0. However, Juventus looked the obvious threat and kept hitting the Cagliari defense with all they had. Decent attempts from Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado were the most they could get in that half. With 63% possession and 7 attempts (3 on target), Biaconneri were looking fierce and confident in the attack. The half however, ended with no goals from either sides.
The second half started off like they ended the first with Juventus holding most of the possession. The breakthrough opens in the 48min as Ronaldo capitalizes in defensive error and lashes in his first goal. Paulo Dybala almost made got into in score sheet but had his attempt saved on the line. The Argentine makes the visitors pay as he is tripped in the box to give Juventus a penalty. Ronaldo converts beautifully as he sends the Goalkeeper the wrong way to earn his second goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo continues the onslaught as he provides an assist to Gonzalo Higuain in the 81st min. Higuain who was subbed on for Dybala made no mistakes as he lashes a shot past Robin Olsen who was too slow to react. In less than a minute later, Ronaldo earned his hattrick from a pass by Douglas Costa which he tipped past the goalkeeper.
Juventus 4-0 Cagliari (Highlights)
Juventus, who were level with Inter but second in the log on goal difference prior to the match against Cagliari. Now, Juventus would sit comfortably at the top as they await the result of Napoli vs Inter later tonight.
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