Lazio 1 Juventus 2: Cancelo & Ronaldo save below-par Juve

Juventus looked set for a first loss in Serie A this season until Joao Cancelo and Cristiano Ronaldo rescued them against Lazio.

Ronaldo leads the celebrations after Juventus defeated Juventus on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty with two minutes remaining as defending champion Juventus somehow avoided its first Serie A defeat of the season with a come-from-behind 2-1 win away to Lazio.

Substitute Joao Cancelo's first Juventus goal looked to have salvaged a fortunate point, but the visiting team then went one better as he won a late penalty which was converted by Ronaldo, the forward's 15th league goal of the campaign.

Cancelo, having just come off the bench, had struck with 16 minutes left, cancelling out Emre Can's earlier own goal as Juve moved to 21 games unbeaten in the top flight this season.

It goes 11 points clear of Napoli — which drew with AC Milan on Saturday — at the top of the table, despite having been second best for much of Sunday's match at Stadio Olimpico.

What does it mean? Juve, somehow, extends lead

  Lazio remains three points adrift of the top four, while Juve extends its lead at the top of the table, a sickening blow to Napoli, which looked like it was about to be offered a glimmer of hope in the Scudetto race as Allegri's men struggled throughout.

In 10 matches against teams in the top four this season, Lazio has now lost nine and drawn one. It proved it is more than capable of matching it with the big boys in this one, but paid the price for failing to build more of an advantage in an opening 70 minutes it completely dominated.

Key Opta Facts:

  • The only other Serie A season, in the three points era, with at least 11 points of difference between first and second team after 21 matchdays was 2006-07.
  • Lazio has scored at home against Juventus in Serie A for the first time since January 2014.
  • Ronaldo is the first player in the three points era (1994-95) to score in eight Serie A away games in a row.
  • Juventus has gained the most points from losing positions in Serie A this season (13).

What's next?

  After a tough double-header against Napoli and Juve, another big game is up next for Lazio when it travels to Inter in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Thursday. Juve is away to Atalanta in the same competition a day earlier, prior to a home league game against Parma on Saturday.


Massimiliano Allegri's men failed to register a single shot during a first half where it lost an emotional Leonardo Bonucci to injury, with Wojciech Szczesny making a superb save from Marco Parolo and Daniele Rugani clearing a Ciro Immobile effort off the line to somehow keep the match level.

Can's mistake just before the hour mark eventually gave Lazio the lead, with Juve never looking likely to respond until Cancelo's impact from the bench.

Lazio should have led when Wallace mistimed a free header, while Joaquin Correa — having earlier caused panic in the Juve defence with a fine solo run that caused Bonucci's injury — forced a save from Szczesny.

Szczesny was tested again by Luis Alberto, and had to be at full stretch to make a magnificent one-handed stop from Parolo's 18-yard strike.

Juve had two penalty claims for handball against Wallace turned down prior to losing Bonucci, who had limped through much of the half, before Immobile's flicked finish saw Rugani forced into a crucial clearance, atoning for his own poor header.

Luis Alberto fired just wide after the break, but he then contributed to an opener that had long been coming. His excellent 59th-minute corner towards a cluster of players around the six-yard box led to a stooping Can diverting it into his own net.

It should have been game over when Immobile was played in by Correa, but the striker blazed over, and that glaring miss proved costly as Juve turned the tables.

Federico Bernardeschi's fine work down the left set up Paulo Dybala, whose shot was parried by Thomas Strakosha, but Cancelo found the bottom corner with the rebound.

Lazio then fumed when Senad Lulic was adjudged to have tugged down Cancelo off the ball prior to a Bernardeschi cross, Ronaldo keeping his cool to send the match-winning spot-kick straight down the middle as Juve escaped with the points.


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