Ronaldo returns and scores 2 as Juventus beats Spezia 4-1


Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates with his teammates after scoring a penalty goal 1-4 during the Serie A match between Spezia Calcio and Juventus at Dino Manuzzi Stadium on November 1, 2020 in Cesena, Italy.

Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to score a brace on his return from coronavirus as Juventus got back to winning ways in Serie A with a 4-1 victory against promoted Spezia on Sunday.

The champions ended a run of three consecutive draws to move third in Serie A, four points behind leaders AC Milan, who beat Udinese 2-1 earlier in the day thanks to a spectacular late winner from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Sassuolo overtook Juventus to reclaim second spot, two points behind Milan, after a 2-0 win over Napoli, their first ever success at the Stadio San Paolo.

Ronaldo replaced Paulo Dybala in the 56th minute in Cesena with the match level after Tommaso Pobega had cancelled out Alvaro Morata's opener for Juventus. But the Portuguese striker put Juve in front just three minutes later.

Adrien Rabiot grabbed a third on 68 minutes, with Ronaldo scoring a second from the penalty spot with 15 minutes to go for his fifth goal in three league games this season.

"Cristiano is back. This is the important thing," said Ronaldo, who had been furious at missing Juventus' Champions League 2-0 defeat in midweek by Lionel Messi's Barcelona. "I was stopped for a long time even though I had no symptoms and felt good. Today I got back to doing what I like, playing football."

Ronaldo had been COVID-positive for 19 days after a test while on national duty with Portugal, missing four games.

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