Cristiano Ronaldo played a leading role on Sunday in Juventus' 4-1 victory over Udinese in the Italian Serie A. AC Milan also won against Benevento, despite the fact that the leader played with ten men in the last hour.

Rick Karsdorp played an important role with an assist in a victory of AS Roma and Internazionale and Atalanta won with big figures.

Juventus, where Matthijs de Ligt completed the ninety minutes, escaped in-house against Udinese.

Rodrigo de Paul scored the 0-1 after more than ten minutes, but in the run-up to the goal, according to the VAR, hands had been made.

The home team recovered from the weak opening phase and took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese dribbled in from the left flank and lashed out effectively with his right leg.

After the break, Ronaldo was also worth gold with Federico Chiesa's 0-2.

The left winger put Chiesa with a pass with the outside of his shoe only in front of the goalkeeper and Fiorentina's mercenary did not only fail for the goalkeeper.

After a hit by Aaron Ramsey was rejected due to hands, Ronaldo made his second goal of the evening in the 70th minute.

Rodrigo Bentancur launched the 35-year-old attacker who fired in his fourteenth league goal of the season with his left, making him top scorer in Serie A. In injury time, Marvin Zeegelaar saved the honor for Udinese with the 3-1, after which Paul Dybala brought the margin for the whistle to three again.

With the necessary 4-1 victory over Udinese, Juventus prevents another misstep in the Serie A. The team of the troubled trainer Andrea Pirlo did not win no fewer than seven of the fourteen league games played and is already ten points behind leader AC Milan.

'Juve' still has a match credit.

AC Milan won thanks to a goal by Rafael Leão from Benevento.

AC Milan won thanks to a goal by Rafael Leão from Benevento.

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AC Milan wins despite early red card

Earlier in the day, AC Milan managed to beat Benevento despite a numerical minority.

The league-leader in Serie A won 0-2.

Milan took the lead in Benevento after fifteen minutes via a striking penalty from Franck Kessié.

Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali then duped his team by getting red in the 33rd minute for a hard tackle.

The twenty-year-old Italian was first booked by referee Fabrizio Pasqua, but had to leave after intervention of the VAR.

Shortly after the break, Milan managed to increase the lead with a man less.

Benevento keeper Lorenzo Montipò came out of his goal in vain to intercept a through ball, after which Rafael Leão curled the ball very nicely from a difficult position around Montipò and into the far corner: 0-2.

Mid-engine Benevento had a big chance to get back into the game after an hour, but Gianluca Caprari shot wide from a penalty kick.

The still unbeaten Milan is therefore also the leader in Italy after the fifteenth round of play.

Internazionale won 6-2 against Crotone and remains the number two at one point behind the big rival.

Big man at Inter was Lautaro Martínez, who took three hits.

Stefan de Vrij played the entire match at Inter, while Romelu Lukaku scored his twelfth goal of the season.

Stand in top Serie A.

  • 1. AC Milan: 15-37 (34-16)

  • 2. Internazionale: 15-36 (40-19)

  • 3. AS Roma: 15-30 (32-23)

  • 4. Napoli: 14-28 (31-13)

  • 5. Juventus 14-27 (29-14)

  • 6. Sassuolo: 15-26 (27-22)

  • 7. Atalanta: 14-25 (33-21)

Fourth assist of the season for Karsdorp

At AS Roma-Sampdoria, Roma striker Edin Dzeko made the only goal of the match fifteen minutes before the end.

Karsdorp, who had a starting place, passed the ball low and the Bosnian hit.

Karsdorp also signed an important assist in the last game of 2020 (3-2 win over Cagliari).

The right back gave the decisive pass to a goal four times this Serie A season.

Napoli was too strong for Cagliari with 1-4.

Piotr Zielinski gave the visitors the lead after half an hour and, shortly after João Pedro's equalizer, also scored the 1-2.

Former PSV player Hirving Lozano and Lorenzo Insigne (penalty) further increased the score.

Atalanta also took three points.

At home, the number six won, partly due to a goal from Robin Gosens, 5-1 against number five Sassuolo.

Matteo Pessina's 2-0 was special, as he became the first Italian goalscorer for Atalanta in Serie A since January 20, 2019 (164 goals ago).

Rick Karsdorp celebrates the only Roma goal with his teammates.

Rick Karsdorp celebrates the only Roma goal with his teammates.

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