Juventus Turin, disposing of Cagliari (2-0) on Saturday with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, now co-top scorer with Ibrahimovic, provisionally took 2nd place in Serie A, one point behind the leader AC Milan expected on Sunday in Naples.
Atalanta Bergamo (6th), silent against La Spezia (0-0), was it not reassured before going to challenge Liverpool in the Champions League, unlike Lazio Rome (7th), effective at Crotone (2-0) thanks to the remarkable return of Ciro Immobile.
After the tests and the points lost on the way, Andrea Pirlo had sounded the mobilization for Juve, in search of a tenth consecutive title of champion: “Our championship must begin. By Christmas, we have ten finals”, had- he launched Friday counting the matches of the Champions League.
In view of the seriousness displayed against Cagliari, the message seems to have been received: here are the Bianconeri returning to the top, waiting for the matches of the Milanese leader in Naples (4th), Sassuolo (3rd) and AS Rome ( 5e).
As always, Cristiano Ronaldo was responsible for concretizing the Turinese stranglehold by folding the match in five minutes before the break, with a dry strike (38th) then a recovery from a corner (42nd).
Immobile, the art of the diver
In great shape since his return from quarantine due to coronavirus, CR7 joins Swedish star AC Milan Zlatan Ibrahimovic (8 goals) at the top of the scorers’ rankings.
Juventus seems to gradually finally get rid of the weaknesses of the start of the season, to the greatest satisfaction of Pirlo: “It was a very good game, which can serve us in our progress,” he said. “After the international break it’s never easy, but we entered the game with the right spirit.”
In the good news, three days to receive Ferencvaros in the Champions League: the confirmed form of Rabiot and Arthur in the middle, the growing agreement between Morata and Ronaldo in front and the solid return in central defense of the Dutchman De Ligt three months later shoulder surgery.
Lazio Rome also prepared the best for the resumption of the C1 by avoiding the trap with the red lantern Crotone, on a waterlogged lawn, after the heavy rains fell on Calabria.
On such a terrain, it was especially important to know how to dive. And Ciro Immobile was perfect in the exercise to open the scoring with a header (21st). A winning return after a three-week break due to Covid-19.
Mute Atalanta, a first
“The whole story has been unpleasant,” admitted the Italian international, who has missed three of his club’s last four games but also the Italian team’s matches. “But now I come back even more motivated because when you were arrested you realize how much you love this sport”.
The rain just gave Lazio time to seal the match, by Correa at a closed angle (58th), before resuming more vigorously.
Atalanta, she did not prepare the best for her perilous trip to Liverpool: facing La Spezia, the “Dea”, struggling for several weeks, had long struggled to secure opportunities then failed to efficiency when they have come to an end.
This is the first time that the Serie A co-best attack (with Napoli) has remained silent in the league. A lack of efficiency and luck (Zapata hit the post) from which La Spezia was not far to benefit.
Bergamasque coach Gian Piero Gasperini pleaded a lack of preparation, due to the long absence of the players who left with their selections: “I always thought that the national teams were good for the players but it had never happened that ‘they come home so late, several came back on Friday to play on Saturday “.
Haaland quadruplet for Dortmund
The 20-year-old Norwegian Erling Haaland scored a quadruple on Saturday against Hertha and brought Borussia Dortmund one point behind leaders Munich, who stumbled against Bremen (1-1) on Matchday 8.
The prodigy striker brought his total to ten goals in eight days, and returns to a unit of Robert Lewandowski, author of a start to the season of all records with Bayern Munich, with already eleven goals.
With 18 points, Borussia is behind Bayern again (19 pts). He is also tied with Leverkusen, but with a better goal difference. Leipzig, held in check in Frankfurt (1-1) slipped to fourth place, with 17 points.
On his lawn, Hertha opened the scoring by Matheus Cunha (33rd) and seemed to cause problems for Dortmund, who were struggling to find their rhythm.
But Haaland solved the problem in fifteen minutes, helped by the generosity of the Berlin defense, with three goals in quick succession (47th, 49th, 62nd).
Raphaël Guerreiro scored Dortmund’s fourth goal (4-1, 70th). Cunha reduced the score on a penalty in the 79th minute (4-2), but Haaland struck a fourth time forty seconds later, on the throw-off. The gifted man made his way between three defenders to find the opening (5-2, 79th).
16 years and one day
The other event of the match is historic: Dortmund player Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest player in Bundesliga history, making his debut, in the final five minutes, aged 16 and one day.
The old record belonged to Nuri Sahin, 32, the Turkish international, who started at 16 years and 335 days, already in the Dortmund jersey.
Moukoko is already famous in Germany for his extraterrestrial statistics in the youth categories. Engaged at 12 in the U17 championship, he scored 90 goals in 56 matches. At 14, he was upgraded to U19, and scored 47 goals in 25 matches.
This year in September, he had his first two national team selections for the under-20s: at 15!
Bayern in slow motion
In the other matches, Bayern Munich without rhythm or imagination were forced to draw by Werder Bremen, a mid-table team.
Kingsley Coman (62nd) for Munich responded to the opening scoring of Maximilian Eggestein (45th). But Bayern especially owes its point to its goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, author of three phenomenal saves (twice in the 16th and 88th).
“It was their goal that was decisive. Afterwards we tried a lot, (…) but we created few chances. We had about five, usually we get double, ”lamented the latter.
The Werder absolutely did not steal this draw against the European champions, borrowed, slow, and especially lacking their usual spontaneity in the last 30 opposing meters.
Lucas Hernandez, the French international defender of Bayern, was released in the 19th minute after a poor reception on the lower back. He must undergo examinations to know his possible duration of unavailability.
For its part, Leipzig brought back a happy draw from its trip to Frankfurt (1-1). Yussuf Poulsen scored for RB in the 57th minute, responding to Aymen Barkok, who opened the scoring just before the break (43rd).