Cristiano Ronaldo fired Juventus to a 2-1 victory over SPAL in the 1,000th match of his career on Saturday at the Stadio Paolo Mazza.
The 35-year-old scored for the 11th consecutive Serie A match when he opened the scoring in the 39th minute, and Aaron Ramsey doubled the lead on the hour mark with his third goal of the season.
On-loan Napoli forward Andrea Petagna pulled a goal back with a 69th-minute penalty, his 10th goal of the campaign, but that was as much as SPAL could muster in response.
The defeat is SPAL’s fifth consecutive loss in Serie A.
Ronaldo thought he’d scored after just four minutes when he touched in Paulo Dybala’s pass, but his effort was quickly dismissed for offside:
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😬 A great ball from Dybala, and a finish to match from Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Juve No. 7 had just strayed offside
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Juan Cuadrado then twice should have done better when Alex Sandro picked him out with a pair of crosses, but on both occasions he failed to hit the target.
At the other end, Gabriel Strefezza forced two saves from Wojciech Szczesny, while Petagna missed with a header.
Juve continued to look the more threatening, however, and Dybala rattled the post before Ronaldo converted a cross from Cuadrado.