Parma 0-4 Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo bags a brace while Alvaro Morata and Dejan Kulusevski also score as rout takes Andrea Pirlo’s team within one point of AC Milan at top of Serie A
- Juventus cruised to victory 4-0 against Parma at the Ennio Tardini Stadium
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, taking his Serie A tally to 12 goals for the season
- Dejan Kulusevski and Alvaro Morata completed the demolition for Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo was once again the star performer as Juventus swept aside Parma to win 4-0 at the Ennio Tardini Stadium.
The Portuguese took his Serie A tally for the season to 12 as he scored twice in this straightforward win for Juventus.
His goals came after Dejan Kulusevski gave Juventus the lead and before Alvaro Morata put the shine on an excellent evening for the Old Lady by scoring the fourth goal in the final minutes of the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo (right) starred by scoring two goals in Juventus’ 4-0 demolition of Parma
Ronaldo’s effort took him top of Serie A’s scoring chart, with 12 goals already so far this season
Juve’s 42-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon prevented Parma from taking an early lead when he saved with his legs from Juraj Kucka’s close-range effort before the Turin side took complete control.
Kulusevski, who played for Parma last season, fired Juventus in front in the 23rd minute and Ronaldo headed the second three minutes later.
The Portuguese struck again three minutes after half-time to become the league’s topscorer, moving two goals clear of AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku, and Alvaro Morata added a late fourth.
Dejan Kulusevski (No 44) opened the scoring for Juventus in the 23rd minute with a low shot
After Ronaldo’s brace, Alvaro Morata (pictured) headed in a fourth goal in the 85th minute
‘Ronaldo was quite rightly angry with himself after missing a penalty (against Atalanta), but fortunately he didn’t have much time to stew over it and immediately got the chance to show just how much he loves to score goals,’ Juventus coach Andrea Prilo coach told DAZN.
‘We weren’t happy with Wednesday’s result, but the performance was good. This evening we wanted to recover the points we dropped against Atalanta and I think we achieved it.
‘This evening was the Juventus I wanted to see. We needed to win this game, our strikers Cristiano and Alvaro both needed to get back to scoring ways. We needed to work as a collective and Aaron Ramsey also had a really good game.’
Andrea Pirlo said Ronaldo had to ‘get back to scoring ways’ after missing a penalty last game
The Juventus manager also singled out Aaron Ramsey (right) for his performance in the game
Buffon said Juventus needed to win the match ‘ before the big clashes arrive’.
‘We need to be left with as few regrets as possible,’ he told DAZN.
‘I don’t think our performances were entirely reflected in the results, for example with Lazio, as we deserved to win that and were caught at the last second.
‘When you start to put together six, seven, eight games in a row when you win and play well the way we did today, then we can say we are Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus. We still have some ups and downs, but the ups are pretty impressive.’
Juventus moved level on 27 points with second-placed Inter who play on Sunday.