Juve 2 Roma 0: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates 36th birthday with a goal as Juventus beat rivals

CRISTIANO RONALDO celebrated his 36th birthday with a goal as Juventus saw off Roma 2-0 at the Allianz Stadium.

The Portuguese forward opened the scoring after 13 minutes with a clinical left-footed finish from the edge of the box.

And Ronaldo nearly doubled Juventus' lead before the break when he rattled the crossbar.

Roma dominated possession in the first half but failed to test keeper Wojciech Szczęsny.

Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko came on for the visitors in the second half but Roma still could not find an end product.

And the Serie A champions made them pay 20 minutes from time when a Dejan Kulusevski cross was inadvertently turned into his own net by Roger Ibanez.

The victory lifts Juventus above Roma into third but they are still five points off the top of the table.

Inter Milan lead the way following their 2-0 win at Fiorentina on Friday, with city rivals AC Milan just a point behind them with a game in hand.


Ronaldo's goal was his 16th of the 2020-21 Serie A campaign, two more than the next best tally of 14 from Romelu Lukaku.

If he finishes the season as the top scorer in the league, he would become the first Portuguese player ever to do so in Serie A.

Earlier this week Ronaldo scored twice away at Inter to give Juventus a 2-1 victory in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.

If they progress, they will face either Napoli or Atalanta in the final in May.

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