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Juventus 2-0 Sampdoria: 5 talking points as the Bianconeri claim their ninth consecutive Scudetto | Serie A 2019-20 

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Modified 27 Jul 2020, 08:05 IST
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#3 Clean sheet finally recorded

Wojciech Szczesny kept a long overdue clean sheet
Wojciech Szczesny kept a long overdue clean sheet

This season has seen the usual defensively solid Juventus struggle to keep opponents out and following consecutive shutouts against Bologna and Lecce post-lockdown, the Bianconeri failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their next seven league matches.

Although Sampdoria failed to truly trouble the Juventus backline, this clean sheet would have been very pleasing to Maurizio Sarri.

#2 Lorenzo Tonelli has a game to forget against Juventus

It was a nightmarish night for Lorenzo Tonelli and his performance against Juventus is not one he would look back on with fondness.

Having missed a glaring header to put Sampdoria in the lead, he later gave away the free-kick from which Juventus broke the deadlock. He also made an error in the buildup to the second goal.

#1 Ronaldo keeps up a fine run of form but loses ground in the race for the Golden Boot

Cristiano Ronaldo scored but also missed a penalty for Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo scored but also missed a penalty for Juventus

When Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with the last kick of the first half, it was the 10th goal the Portugal international had scored post-lockdown and this is more than anybody else has managed in Europe's top five leagues.

With Ciro Immobile having scored a hat-trick in Lazio's 5-1 mauling of Hellas Verona earlier in the evening to go four clear in the race for the Capocannoiere, the onus was on Ronaldo to send a statement.

A chance for a brace was offered in the 89th minute when referee Francesco Fourneau pointed to the spot after Fabio Depaoli fouled Alex Sandro but the Portuguese icon could only rattle the crossbar.

With just two games to go, Ronaldo finds himself three goals behind Immobile in his quest to become the first man to win a Golden Boot in La Liga, the Premier League and Serie A . While it is not entirely out of his reach, he missed a golden opportunity to put himself in good stead.

Published 27 Jul 2020, 08:05 IST
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