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Soccer PIX: Juve run Lecce ragged; Sevilla held

June 27, 2020 11:41 IST
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Images from football matches played in the Italian Serie A and the La Liga on Friday

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot during their Serie A match against Lecce at Allianz Stadium, Turin

IMAGE: Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot during their Serie A match against Lecce at Allianz Stadium, Turin. Photograph: Massimo Pinca

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a thumping penalty and created goals for Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain as Juventus hammered 10-man Lecce 4-0 on Friday to stretch their lead over Lazio at the top of Serie A to seven points.

The 35-year-old Ronaldo had set out his stall in the first half with an acrobatic overhead kick, and when Lecce's Fabio Lucioni got a straight red card for a clumsy challenge after 32 minutes the visitors were left with a mountain to climb.

Juve took the lead in the 53rd minute when Ronaldo fed Dybala, who clipped a superb shot into the top corner. Ronaldo converted a penalty nine minutes later after being felled in the box.

The Turin side dominated possession throughout, and though Lecce bravely tried to play the ball out from the back to mount attacks of their own, they struggled to get out of their own half.

 

Higuain came off the bench to make his first appearance for Juventus since the resumption of Serie A following the coronavirus pandemic, and a clever backheel from Portuguese Ronaldo set him up to score in the 83rd minute.

Centre back Matthijs de Ligt added the fourth with a close-range header from Douglas Costa's cross to complete the rout.

Juventus, bidding for their ninth successive Italian title, moved to 69 points after 28 games, seven clear of Lazio who have a match in hand.

Lecce remained third bottom on 25 points, behind Genoa on goal difference and one point adrift of Sampdoria in 16th spot.

Sevilla's home struggles continue in draw with Valladolid

Sevilla's Joan Jordán challenges Valladolid's Ruben Alcaraz during their La Liga match at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, Spain

IMAGE: Sevilla's Joan Jordán challenges Valladolid's Ruben Alcaraz during their La Liga match at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, Spain. Photograph: Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Sevilla missed out on an opportunity to move up to third in La Liga when they were held to a fourth consecutive draw in a 1-1 stalemate against visiting Real Valladolid on Friday.

A late Lucas Ocampos penalty for the hosts cancelled out Kiko Olivas's first-half opener as Sevilla, who have 54 points from 32 games, continued to struggle at home with a seventh draw at the Pizjuan, where they have won only seven matches this season.

They trail third-placed Atletico Madrid, who have one game in hand, by one point, and lead fifth-placed Getafe, who host Real Sociedad on Monday, by five.

Sevilla came close to seeing their early domination rewarded in the 21st minute, but Ocampos's fierce strike crashed onto the crossbar.

Valladolid soaked up the pressure and Olivas opened the scoring with a looping header into the top corner from Michel Herrero's long-distance free kick in the 25th minute.

Sevilla upped the pace after the break and El Haddadi headed home from Jesus Navas's perfect cross on 55 minutes, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside following a VAR review.

The equaliser came in the 83rd minute when Ocampos scored his 12th La Liga goal this season, converting a spot-kick following a Javier Sanchez handball.

Valladolid are 14th on 35 points.

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