LEAGUES

Ronaldo 'really needed' free-kick goal as Juve easy to derby win

about 1 month ago
Share

Juventus' 4-1 win over Torino included a first free-kick goal in Serie A for Cristiano Ronaldo, much to his relief.

Cristiano Ronaldo admitted to feeling a sense of relief after scoring from a free-kick in Juventus' 4-1 win over Torino on Saturday. 

Juve were comfortable winners in the derby and Ronaldo played a major role in their triumph, setting up Juan Cuadrado's goal before then making it 3-1, with Paulo Dybala having initially opened the scoring early on. 

Koffi Djidji's late own goal summed up the visitors' haplessness as he turned Douglas Costa's cross past Salvatore Sirigu, with Juve opening up a seven-point lead over Lazio at the summit. 

Ronaldo's stunning strike was his first direct free-kick goal in 43 attempts at Juve, and he acknowledged that his profligacy from such situations had been weighing on his mind. 

"I really needed that free-kick so I could get a bit of confidence [from free-kicks] back," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"[But] the important thing is to win regardless of who scores, be it Cristiano or Dybala. It is very important to win, but the truth is that we are doing well, Dybala and me, but the team is also doing very well, we are improving our confidence and against Milan we will try to win. "

It had not dawned on Maurizio Sarri how much such a goal mattered to Ronaldo either.

He added: "I didn't think he was suffering from the lack of a free-kick goal, but then he said 'finally' and then I understood he was."

Juve are next in action on Tuesday as they go to Milan in Serie A.

Related news

Juventus 4-1 Torino: Buffon makes history as Ronaldo leads from the front

about 1 month ago

Most Serie A matches, titles and clean sheets – Buffon's remarkable longevity in Opta numbers

about 1 month ago

Buffon to break Maldini's Serie A appearances record in Turin derby

about 1 month ago

Paulo Fonseca's future 'not in doubt', says Roma president

about 1 month ago

Rumour Has It: Sancho still wants Man Utd move, Inter look to buy Sanchez

about 1 month ago

Sarri praises Ronaldo-Dybala partnership ahead of Turin derby

about 1 month ago

Milan without injured Castillejo for clash with depleted Lazio

about 1 month ago

Rumour Has It: Messi to leave Barcelona, Xavi agrees to replace Setien

about 1 month ago

De Ligt feeling 'in a much better place mentally' after slow start to Juventus career

about 1 month ago

Ibrahimovic makes you grow as a player and a man – Menez

about 1 month ago

Hakimi makes permanent Inter switch

about 1 month ago

Everton sign reported Juventus target Nkounkou

about 1 month ago

Kostic could leave Eintracht amid Inter and Premier League links – Bobic

about 1 month ago

'I do not feel like a sacrificial victim' – Milan boss Pioli responds to Rangnick rumours

about 1 month ago

Pioli confident fatigued Milan will spark against Lazio

about 1 month ago

Inter haven't spoken to Brescia about Tonali – Marotta

about 1 month ago

SPAL 2-2 Milan: Rossoneri seal dramatic late draw in Ibrahimovic's return

about 1 month ago

Lautaro Martinez's lack of goals not concerning Antonio Conte

about 1 month ago

Inter 6-0 Brescia: Nerazzurri thrash Serie A strugglers

about 1 month ago