MILAN (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to seal a hard-fought 2-1 win for Juventus against Lazio in Rome on Sunday night to pull 11 points clear in Serie A.
Juventus had trailed after an Emre Can own-goal after an hour before substitute Joao Cancelo pulled the champions level and then earned the penalty which Ronaldo slotted in with two minutes to go.
An eighth straight Serie A title beckons for Massimiliano Allegri’s side who soar clear of second-placed Napoli who were held to a goalless draw at AC Milan on Saturday.
Inter Milan are 19 points behind the leaders after losing 1-0 at Torino earlier on Sunday.
Lazio drop to eighth place – three points off the Champions League spots – after their second defeat in a row after losing to Napoli by the same score last weekend.
“It must have been the kitman’s fault, giving us 10 shirts of different colours because we couldn’t pass the ball to each other,” said Allegri.
“For sixty minutes it was the worst Juventus of the year,” continued captain Giorgio Chiellini.
“Paradoxically after the goal disadvantage we found the motivation to win it.
“We’ve got players who make the difference. Szczesny kept us on our feet, we were lethal in the end.”
The champions had struggled for the first hour in the Stadio Olimpico as Lazio piled on the pressure.
But Allegri’s side could count on the depth of their bench with second half substitutes Cancelo and Federico Bernardeschi proving pivotal.
Ronaldo finished off to score in his eighth consecutive away match to bring his league tally to 15 goals.