Gab Marcotti shares his thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2-goal performance in Juventus’ win over Cagliari (1:24)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace in the first half saw Juventus climb to second in the Serie A table with a 2-0 win over Cagliari at Juventus Stadium on Saturday

After a relatively calm international break for Ronaldo, with a goal in three games for Portugal, he scored in the 38th minute in Turin, finding the net for the fifth consecutive league game

Four minutes later, the 35-year-old striker struck brilliantly at the far post to double his side’s advantage, taking him to eight league goals for the season, in just four starts

Former Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan believed he brought Cagliari back into the game in the second half, but his header was ruled out for offside in preparation

Ronaldo has become supplier twice as Juventus looked to score again, but a poor finish meant the hosts failed to add to their tally

The win saw coach Andrea Pirlo’s undefeated side close the gap to leaders AC Milan by one point, with Milan playing in Napoli on Sunday Cagliari remained 11th

“When you come back from the international break it’s always tough, but we came back with the right spirit from the first minute,” Pirlo said

Having won four of their previous five games in all competitions, Cagliari showed great confidence in the early stages, with Juventus looking shaky having won just three of their last seven heading into the international break

However, after recovering from COVID-19, then an ankle injury, before traveling to play for his country, Ronaldo looked sharper than everything around him as he took the commands

The arrival of his first goal was a hallmark, cutting inside twice before throwing a low shot into the net, but the second was even better, adjusting when the ball was deflected behind him before sending it home

Elsewhere on Saturday Atalanta were held to a 0-0 draw at Spezia and Lazio beat Crotone 2-0

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