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Juventus 2-1 Bologna: Ronaldo goal helps Juventus extend Serie A lead

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored against 17 of the 20 opponents he has faced in Serie A

Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus extend their lead at the top of Serie A as they saw off the challenge of Bologna in Turin.

But they needed their recalled 41-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to make a superb late save from Federico Santander's overhead kick to ensure the win.

Ronaldo was presented with a shirt before kick-off to mark his 700th career goal last week and he duly notched his 701st in stylish fashion, producing a quick stepover to find half a yard and then a clinical finish into the bottom corner.

Bologna hit back seven minutes later as centre-back Danilo picked out the top corner with a sumptuous half-volley from the edge of the area.

Sinisa Mihajlovic's side seemed unruffled by Juventus for the rest of the half and contained the home side's celebrated forward line with some ease.

Veteran Argentine striker Rodrigo Palacio threatened in behind Leonardo Bonucci on a number of occasions but could not find a way to test Buffon.

And, after Lukasz Skorupski had saved well from a Ronaldo header, a defensive mix-up presented Miralem Pjanic with the opportunity to stroke Juventus back in front and the home team took control.

Skorupski pulled off two stunning saves to deny Gonzalo Higuain a deserved goal before keeping out Ronaldo's fierce left-footed strike in the final 10 minutes.

Bologna could have levelled out of nothing when Riccardo Orsolini latched onto Palacio's deflected shot but he skewed horribly wide with the goal at his mercy.

As the game entered stoppage time, Juventus survived a VAR penalty review against defender Matthijs de Ligt before Bologna substitute Santander hit the bar and was thwarted by Buffon.

Juventus held out though and moved four points clear of Inter Milan at the top of Serie A.

Line-ups

Juventus

  • 77Buffon
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 19Bonucci
  • 4de Ligt
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forBentancurat 62'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 5Pjanic
  • 25RabiotBooked at 29minsSubstituted forMatuidiat 73'minutes
  • 33Bernardeschi
  • 21HiguaínSubstituted forDybalaat 82'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 10Dybala
  • 13Danilo
  • 14Matuidi
  • 23Can
  • 24Rugani
  • 28Demiral
  • 30Bentancur
  • 31Pinsoglio

Bologna

  • 28Skorupski
  • 15Mbaye
  • 23LarangeiraBooked at 84mins
  • 13BaniBooked at 90mins
  • 11Krejci
  • 16PoliSubstituted forDzemailiat 82'minutes
  • 32SvanbergSubstituted forSkov Olsenat 80'minutes
  • 7Orsolini
  • 21Soriano
  • 10SansoneBooked at 22minsSubstituted forSantanderat 80'minutes
  • 24Palacio

Substitutes

  • 1da Costa Júnior
  • 4Denswil
  • 6Paz
  • 9Santander
  • 17Skov Olsen
  • 25Corbo
  • 30Schouten
  • 31Dzemaili
  • 97Sarr
Referee:
Massimiliano Irrati
Attendance:
40,461

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamBologna
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home23
Away9
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Juventus 2, Bologna 1.

  2. Booking

    Mattia Bani (Bologna) is shown the yellow card.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Juventus 2, Bologna 1.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bologna. Conceded by Gianluigi Buffon.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Federico Santander (Bologna) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Federico Santander (Bologna) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Riccardo Orsolini with a cross following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

  8. Post update

    Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

  10. Post update

    Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus).

  12. Post update

    Mattia Bani (Bologna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ladislav Krejci (Bologna).

  15. Booking

    Danilo (Bologna) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Blaise Matuidi (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Danilo (Bologna).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rodrigo Palacio (Bologna) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Skov Olsen.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bologna. Blerim Dzemaili replaces Andrea Poli.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Paulo Dybala replaces Gonzalo Higuaín.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 19th October 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus8710157822
2Inter Milan76011441018
3Atalanta85212113817
4Napoli85121710716
5Roma73311210212
6Lazio8332169712
7Cagliari7322107311
8Fiorentina73221210211
9Torino73131010010
10Parma7304810-29
11AC Milan730469-39
12Bologna82331011-19
13Hellas Verona823367-19
14Udinese721436-37
15Sassuolo62041112-16
16Brescia620479-26
17SPAL7205613-76
18Lecce7205715-86
19Genoa7124815-75
20Sampdoria7106416-123
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