Sports Desk- Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-range rocket and Paulo Dybala’s solo goal along with Douglas Costa’s curling effort helped Juventus beat Genoa 3-1 in their Serie A meeting on Tuesday. Chasing a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title, the victory restored Juventus’ four-point lead over Lazio, which won 2-1 at Torino earlier Tuesday.
Genoa stayed 17th with 26 points, one point and one place above the relegation zone but having played a game more than the bottom three.
“We produced a ton of chances and we scored three beautiful goals,” Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said. “That shows that our physical condition is improving.”
Paulo Dybala opened the scoring shortly after the break by evading three defenders before firing in a low shot that Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin, who is on loan from Juventus, could only get a weak hand on.
Seven minutes later it was Ronaldo’s turn. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner gathered a pass near midfield, charged toward the goal and unleashed a blistering effort from 22 yards (meters) into the top corner past the outstretched Perin.
It was Ronaldo’s first goal in open play of the restart after converting penalties in his previous two matches, and it raised his total to 24 in 25 Serie A matches this season.