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Cristiano Ronaldo strike helps Juventus leapfrog Inter Milan

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Two early first half goals from the Old Lady were enough to see off AS Roma, while Inter were held to a 1-1 draw by Atalanta.

Juventus went into their Serie A affair with Atalanta with a chance to take pole position. And the Turin based side did not disappoint to keep the title fight alive.

The reigning Italian champions took the three points on offer, opening a two-point lead at the top of the table.

Ten minutes blitz

Profiting from Roma’s inability to match their tempo, Juventus took the lead thanks to Merih Demiral. The Turkish defender profited from an inch perfect Paulo Dybala pass to give the visitors the lead.

Cristiano Ronaldo doubled the Old Lady’s lead from the spot within 10 minutes. The Portuguese scored his 11th goal in eight successive games to make matters comfortable for Maurizio Sarri.

Diego Perotti scored for the Romans by the 68th minute but Juventus would hold on to take the points.

The 1-2 affair was hard for both sides as they picked up injuries. Demiral would make way for Matthijs de Ligt by the 19th minute, while the hosts saw Nicolo Zaniolo taken off on a stretcher. The young prodigy can be out for up to four months.

Similar to the Juventus fixture, Inter took the lead within five minutes of their matchup against Atalanta. Lautaro Martinez hit the back of the net, assisted by a sublime Romelu Lukaku assist. Ruben Gosens scored in his second successive match to make it 1-1 in the 75th minute.

There were movements in the top-four following the fixtures, with only third place Lazio keeping their place after defeating Napoli in Rome.

Juventus take the podium for now as Inter reel in second place. Roma’s defeat saw them move out of the UEFA Champions League qualifying spots, with Atalanta taking their place.

The Serie A title scrap will depend on the output from the forward line. It seems Cristiano Ronaldo has found form at the right time, with Nerazzurri finding it difficult to score regularly.

Inter are on the road against 17th placed Lecce, while Juventus take on 10th placed Parma next week.