Two penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to a 3-0 win over Fiorentina in Serie A on Sunday afternoon.
Over 40,000 fans packed into the Allianz Stadium to see Ronaldo hit the back of the net in his ninth successive Serie A match, and score for the 50th time in Juventus colours.
Matthijs De Ligt added a third late on to put Juventus six points clear of Inter at the top of the Serie A table, though the Nerazzurri do play later in the day.
Erick Pulgar had the first real effort on goal, but is was an easy save for Wojciech Szczesny, and despite Juventus’ dominance, it was Fiorentina again testing the Bianconeri No.1.
An in-swinging cross was flicked on by Marco Benassi towards Federico Chiesa, and his back heel needed to be pushed wide by the goalkeeper.
Then a rasping shot from distance from Pol Lirola was beaten away by Szczesny, before Chiesa fired well over the crossbar.
Rodrigo Bentancur tried his luck from 25 yards but Bartolomiej Dragowski was equal to the effort.
Juventus were given a penalty after a Miralem Pjanic strike rattled the hand of German Pezzella on the edge of the box. Following VAR review, Ronaldo then stepped up to put the ball past Dragowski.
At the start of the second half, it was Fiorentina who looked the more likely and went close with Benassi, whose dinked shot whistled past the far post.
Then at the other end, Douglas Costa dribbled into the penalty area, and his cross was redirected towards goal by Gonzalo Higuain, but Dragowski got down low to make a wonderful save.
Things though went from bad to worse when Bentancur was brought down in the box by Federico Ceccherini, and referee Fabrizio Pasqua immediately pointed to the spot.
Ronaldo stepped up once more and sent Dragowski the wrong way to get his and Juventus’ second of the match with 10 minutes left to play.
There was no way back for Fiorentina, as De Ligt headed home in time added on to make sure of all three points.