Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo penalty sees Juventus beat Roma to retake top-spot; Sampdoria thrash struggling Brescia

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A 2-1 win at Roma on Sunday placed Juventus in prime position for a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title

Goals from Merih Demiral and Cristiano Ronaldo in the opening 10 minutes moved the Bianconeri two points ahead of Inter Milan, which was held 1-1 by Atalanta a day earlier, at the halfway stage of the season

Sampdoria fought back to beat fellow strugglers Brescia 5-1 and go five points above the relegation zone

Rome: A 2-1 win at Roma on Sunday placed Juventus in prime position for a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title.
Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates with teammate Miralem Pjanic after scoring his side’s second goal during the Serie A football match between Roma and Juventus. AP
Goals from Merih Demiral and Cristiano Ronaldo in the opening 10 minutes moved the Bianconeri two points ahead of Inter Milan, which was held 1-1 by Atalanta a day earlier, at the halfway stage of the season.
Poor defense by Roma contributed to both goals.
Gianluca Mancini left Demiral unmarked at the far post to redirect in a free-kick from Paulo Dybala only three minutes in at the Stadio Olimpico.
Then Jordan Veretout lost control inside his own area and reacted by fouling Dybala to set up a penalty from Ronaldo.
It was Ronaldo’s ninth goal in his last six league matches, making him the most prolific scorer in Europe’s top five leagues since the start of December.
Both Demiral and Roma midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo exited the game due to injuries before the break.
Diego Perotti pulled one back for Roma midway through the second half with a penalty following a VAR consultation to determine a h

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