Empoli 1 Juventus 2: Ronaldo’s brilliant brace turns game around

Empoli 1 Juventus 2: Ronaldo’s brilliant brace turns game around

Cristiano Ronaldo has fired Juventus seven points clear in Serie A with a match-winning brace in a well-deserved 2-1 victory at Empoli on Saturday.

The Portugal superstar erased a first-half deficit from the spot shortly after the interval before a thunderous swerving drive 20 minutes from time ensured there was no repeat of last weekend's frustrating home draw with Genoa.

Juve lost Giorgio Chiellini to injury in the warm-up and had looked set to leave the door open for Napoli to move back within a win of a joint top spot when Francesco Caputo put the struggling hosts ahead in a tense first half.

But the champions' increasingly impressive talisman backed up his fine Champions League showing against Manchester United with a one-man rescue act that boosted his league tally to seven goals.

Miralem Pjanic also starred in the midweek win at Old Trafford and threatened early here, bending a dangerous effort narrowly past the right post.

Juve host Cagliari next Saturday before a Champions League rematch with United at Allianz Stadium, while Empoli will be focused solely on Friday's tough trip to Napoli.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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