Despite the rest Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus recorded an important 3-1 victory over Lazio in Serie A. The Bianconeri still have a fighting chance to retain their national crown and showed their character with a comeback victory after Lazio broke the deadlock.
Cristiano Ronaldo was left on the bench with an eye on the crucial UEFA Champions League game, as he entered the second half with 20 minutes left.
Joaquin Correa struck first in the opening 45 minutes, as Lazio took an unlikely lead at the Allianz Stadium and threatened to register a shock victory. However, former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot restored parity before the interval, much to the delight of Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo.
Juventus turned the game around in the second half, with Alvaro Morata’s quick brace giving him a 3-1 advantage. The Spaniard was then taken out in favor of Cristiano Ronaldo, who had the best part of 20 minutes plus added time to put his name on the scoresheet.
Cristiano Ronaldo fails to add to bench tally for Juventus
The Portuguese hitman, however, failed to put the ball in the net as Juventus interrupted the game after their initial struggles. Speaking after the game, Pirlo confirmed that Juventus’ decision to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench was discussed ahead of the game.
“Cristiano Ronaldo came from eight or nine consecutive games, we made an agreement during the week (for Ronaldo to rest), it was already planned.”
“Cristiano is an added value, the boys did what they had to do tonight without him. Cristiano has already scored 20 goals, it was normal for others to score too.
Juventus face Porto later this week and will seek to reverse a 2-1 deficit to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
On that note, here are the best tweets, as the Old Lady recorded a deserved home win in Serie A.