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Cristiano Ronaldo double against Parma fires Juventus four points clear - in pictures

With Inter dropping points at the weekend, Ronaldo said it was important Juve 'build an advantage' over their rivals

A Cristiano Ronaldo double set Juventus up for a 2-1 win against Parma to send them four points clear at the top of Serie A.

The 34-year-old’s deflected shot opened the scoring in the first half, but Juve were pegged back after the break when Andreas Cornelius headed in from a corner.

The prolific Portuguese restored the home side’s advantage just three minutes later with a low strike that took his tally for the season to 16 league goals and 11 in his last seven appearances.

With rivals Inter Milan held away at Lecce and Lazio hammering Sampdoria 5-1, Ronaldo said it was imperative Juve continued to stay ahead of the pack.

“We knew that Inter drew and Lazio won, so it was important to build an advantage," Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.

"They were two important goals, it was a tough game as Parma are very organised and difficult to beat, but we fought hard and got the victory."

Maurizio Sarri’s side sit on top of the table with 51 points, four clear of second-placed Inter, while Parma are seventh on 28 points.

An uneventful first half was sparked into life two minutes before the break when Ronaldo cut inside to unleash a shot that went in with the aid of a deflection off Parma defender Matteo Darmian.

The goal made the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star the first Juve player to score in seven consecutive Serie A appearances since David Trezeguet in December 2005.

Parma drew level on the 56th minute when Cornelius guided in a header from a corner, but Ronaldo responded with his second of the night just two minutes later when he fired in from a Paulo Dybala pass.

Updated: January 20, 2020 03:58 PM

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