‘Offended’ Ronaldo nets 2 in Juve win

Milan, December 20

Cristiano Ronaldo responded to recent criticism with two goals to help Juventus win at Parma 4-0 in Serie A.

In the last stalemate midweek against Atalanta, Ronaldo had an unusually sub-par performance and a penalty saved. “Ronaldo was angry for having missed the penalty, but we had a few days to think about it and he showed how much he cares about scoring goals, even better when during open play,” Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said. “We weren’t happy with Wednesday’s result, but the performance was good. We had to get back the points we lost against Atalanta and we did it in the best way.”

Fastest goal

AC Milan forward Rafael Leao scored the fastest goal in Serie A history, hitting the target after six seconds, to set the Serie A leaders on their way to a 2-1 win at Sassuolo.

In an astonishing start, Hakan Calhanoglu collected the ball straight from the kickoff and opened up the Sassuolo defence with an incisive pass to Leao and the Portuguese beat goalkeeper Andrea Consigli with an angled drive.

After Calhanoglu had a goal disallowed for offside in the build-up in the ninth minute, Alexis Saelemaekers added a second following a powerful Theo Hernandez run in the 26th minute. Domenico Berardi pulled one back for Sassuolo late in the game.

Milan remained unbeaten after 13 games and lead the standings with 31 points, one ahead of their neighbours Inter Milan. Inter needed second-half goals from Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku to overcome resistance from Spezia as they beat the Serie A newcomers 2-1. — Agencies

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