TURIN, Italy: Cristiano Ronaldo put Juventus closer to the Serie A stage just now with two header goals that helped the defending champions win 3-0 over the league bottom club, Crotone.
The Portuguese striker exploded twice late in the first half to break the deadlock against Crotone and maintain eight points behind league leaders Inter Milan.
Weston McKennie confirmed three points in the middle of the second half when he kicked hard into the net after receiving a cross.
Andrea Pirlo’s side climbed to third place while Roma, who were just one point behind, drew without a goal against Benevento yesterday.
They are also four points behind second-placed AC Milan who lost three of five league games including a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Inter yesterday.
Juve, who are chasing a consecutive 10th league title, still have one match in hand against the Milan club and will face Inter in Turin.