Football: Ronaldo brace puts Juventus on brink of another title

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo shoots at goal during the Serie A match against Lazio on July 20, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

TURIN (REUTERS) - Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, the first a penalty awarded for handball, to give Juventus a 2-1 win over Lazio which put them on the brink of a ninth successive Serie A title on Monday (July 20).

Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when he converted a penalty awarded after his own shot hit Lazio defender Bastos on the elbow and added a second after team mate Paulo Dybala left him with an open goal three minutes later.

Ciro Immobile pulled one back for a Lazio in the 83rd minute, leaving him and Ronaldo tied on 30 goals as Serie A's joint topscorers.

Juventus, with 80 points, are eight clear of Inter Milan with four games each to play followed by Atalanta on 71 and Lazio fourth on 69.

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