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Empoli 1-2 Juventus: Brilliant Ronaldo Leads Turnaround With Brace


Juventus continued their unbeaten streak in the Serie A as they came from behind to beat Empoli on Saturday evening. A double from Cristiano Ronaldo helped the reigning league champions reach nine wins in their opening ten league fixtures, getting back on track after dropping their first points of the season against Genoa last weekend.

The game wasn’t easy, but Ronaldo’s quality was the difference between the two. His second goal in particular highlighted how important he has already become to Allegri’s team this season, saving his side’s blushes almost single-handedly.

Juventus struggled to pick up where they left off after beating Manchester United 1-0 midweek in the Champions League, leaving Empoli free to get out of the blocks quickly.

It was the underdogs who managed to get themselves on the scoresheet first through Afriyie Acquah, Empoli’s best player on the night, who drove his team forward up the field with a powerful run. The Ghanaian then cut a low cross back, which Francesco Caputo curled into the far corner after Juve failed to clear

The second half saw Juve come back strong though, Ronaldo stepping up to lash home a penalty less than ten minutes after the restart when Paulo Dybala went down in the box.

With the game tied, Juventus started to get more of a grip on the game, and in the 70th minute Ronaldo fired a rocket into the top left hand corner of the goal to edge Juventus ahead in the game.