Ronaldo stars in Juve's 2-1 victory
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Ronaldo stars in Juve’s 2-1 victory

Marks his 1000th game by scoring in 11th straight serie a match.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored for a record-equalling 11th consecutive Serie a game in his 1000th professional match as Juventus extended their series a league lead with a 2-1 victory over basement club SPAL.

The 35-year-old tapped in six minutes before the break on Saturday to equal the mark held by Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season for Juventus, including 16 in his current run of 11 matches. Aaron Ramsey added a second after an hour before Andrea Patagna pulled one back from the spot for SPAL, amid controversy as the penalty was awarded following a VAR review despite the pitchside monitor not working.

Ronaldo had an early goal ruled offside but made no mistake when running onto Juan Cuadrado’s low cross after Ramsey’s ball forward.

The Portuguese forward drew level with Sampdoria forward Quagliarella , who in January 2019 equalled the mark previously achieved by Batistuta in 1994-1995 for Fiorentine.

Both Italian Quagliarella and Argentine Batiatuta went on to finish the seasons as the serie a top scorer after their feat, with both scoring 26 goals in total.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

SPAL1(Petagna 69-per) Juventus 2 (Ronaldo 39 Ramsey 60); Bologna 1(Palacio 90+2) Udinese 1 (Okaka 33); Fiorentina 1 (Puigar 85 -pen ) AC Milan 1 (Rebic 56)

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