Rome (AFP)

Juventus settled in third place in the Italian Championship, logically dominating Roma (2-0) on Saturday in Turin, with a new goal from the indestructible Cristiano Ronaldo, the day after his 36th birthday.

The nine-time Italian champion, with 42 pts and one more match to play, pushes the Giallorossi back to 4th place (40 pts).

Juve is looking forward more than ever, towards Inter Milan (47 pts), provisional leader after beating Fiorentina (2-0) on Friday, and AC Milan (46 pts), which will host the lantern on Sunday red Crotone for the rest of this 21st day of Serie A.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 36th birthday on Friday and this canonical age for a professional footballer has no impact on his performance: with a dry strike outside the area, he launched the Bianconeri to victory (13th).

Thus consolidating his first place in the scorers classification with 16 goals in Serie A (ahead of Romelu Lukaku, 14).

And it is to deprive CR7 of a second goal that the Roman defender Roger Ibanez threw himself in front of him, deceiving at the same time his own goalkeeper, to seal the Turin success (70th).

Roma confirm their chronic difficulties against their direct rivals, unable to win any game this season against the top-ranked teams.

Giallorossi's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, sidelined from the previous two matches after fiercely opposing his coach, returned to the pitch in the second half.

But without succeeding in changing the meaning of a match well mastered by the Turinese.

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