Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus headed to a 3-0 home win over Crotone in Serie A on Monday, with the win bringing the champions to third place in the table

Juve got off to a little slow start, but their ever-reliable talisman came to meet a cross from Alex Sandro in the 38th minute to put Andrea Pirlo’s side in front

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Ronaldo seemed hungry for more and another header in the first half stoppage doubled the lead, bringing Portugal back to the top of the league scorecard with 18 goals, a in front of Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan

The 36-year-old had chances for a hat trick, but it was Weston McKennie who added the third, scoring at home his fourth Serie A goal of the season in the 66th minute to the end wearing

A first win in four matches in all competitions took Juve from sixth to third place in the table and 45 points, eight behind leaders Inter with a game in hand

“The desire we have to come back to the top puts me at ease,” Pirlo said. “I like the attitude of the players too

“When we have more players without injury, I will have more choices and that will make me feel at ease as well. We know Inter are a great team and we know we have to fight [to win the title] “

Crotone remains anchored at the foot of the table with 12 points in 23 games, eight points from the safe zone

Aaron Ramsey believed he gave Juve the advantage with a looping header to see the ball hit the bar before Ronaldo showed him how it goes with two headers taken by experts

Ronaldo’s goals mean Crotone is the 78th different team he has scored against in Europe’s top five leagues – only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored against more teams since 2000

A glaring misfire at the end of the half showed Ronaldo is only human, before two fine saves from Alex Cordaz after the break denied the Portuguese another hat-trick

McKennie’s arrival at close range put the game beyond doubt, but league top scorer Ronaldo tried everything until the last minute to add more to his tally

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Cristiano Ronaldo now has 18 league-leading goals after his brace in Juve’s 3-0 win over Crotone

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus fought for a 3-0 home win over Crotone in Serie A on Monday with victory overwhelming

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