Juventus 3-1 Sassuolo: Cristiano Ronaldo draws level with Josef Bican as joint-top scorer in football history as Italian giants leave it late to see off plucky visitors in Serie A clash
- Sassuolo saw Pedro Obiang dismissed for a wild challenge on Federico Chiesa
- The hosts then went in front on 50 minutes when Danilo’s thumping drive flew in
- Gregoire Defrel’s clever finish soon drew Serie A’s over-achievers level though
- However, Aaron Ramsey made it 2-1 before Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the win
- Ronaldo has scored 759 goals for club and country, sitting level with Josef Bican
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the brink of arguably his proudest achievement to date after levelling with Josef Bican as top goalscorer in football history.
Ronaldo scored his 22nd goal for club and country this season as Juventus moved up to fourth after leaving it late to defeat plucky Sassuolo 3-1 on Sunday evening.
As Ronaldo sealed the victory on Sunday, the Portuguese star netted his 759th goal for both club and country – a record now only matched by Bican, the Austrian-Czech striker who played between 1931 and 1955.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 92nd-minute goal wrapped things up for the hosts at the Allianz Stadium
Ronaldo’s injury-time strike drew him level with Josef Bican as football’s top goalscorer ever
Ronaldo has scored an astonishing 759 goals for both club and country throughout his career
Aaron Ramsey and Danilo were also on the scoresheet for Juventus as they followed up their 3-1 victory at AC Milan in style.
Andrea Pirlo’s side currently sit in fourth in Serie A, just a point behind Roma in third who have played a match more.
The visitors, who have been one of European football’s surprise packages this season, were reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage time when former West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang scythed down Federico Chiesa.
Danilo then put Andrea Pirlo’s men ahead five minutes after the restart, hammering a 30-yard thunderbolt into the bottom right-hand corner of Andrea Consigli’s goal, with the flying Italian nowhere near it.
Ex-West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang was dismissed for an ugly challenge on Federico Chiesa
Danilo’s fierce drive from about 30 yards out put Juventus ahead five minutes after the break
Gregoire Defrel wheels away from a despairing Leonardo Bonucci after scoring the equaliser
The hosts couldn’t press home their one-man advantage though and were pegged back eight minutes later, when Gregoire Defrel pushed Hamed Traore’s pass between Juve centre backs Merih Demiral and Leonardo Bonucci with his left foot, before producing a sliding right-foot finish to beat the sprawling Wojciech Szczesny.
Roberto De Zerbi’s men looked like upsetting the odds once again this term and rode their luck when Chiesa struck a post, but Aaron Ramsey came to his side’s rescue, turning in Gianluca Frabotta’s cross to move his team within a point of third-placed Roma having played a game fewer than Paulo Fonseca’s men.
Ronaldo then put the icing on the cake in stoppage time, calmly controlling a long ball over the top by Danilo before charging into the penalty area and slotting past Consigli as he made even more history.
The Portuguese star will be desperate to become football’s outright top goalscorer when Juventus host Genoa on Wednesday night in the Coppa Italia.
Chiesa had a chance to get Andrea Pirlo’s men back in front in the second half – but hit a post
Aaron Ramsey made it 2-1 after converting Gianluca Frabotta’s cross before Ronaldo’s strike
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