Ronaldo Scores Twice On Return From Covid 19
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his return after two weeks out with Covid-19 as Juventus won at Serie A rookies Spezia.
The 35-year-old, who missed four games, slotted in to make it 2-1 three minutes after coming on in the second half.
His second was a cheeky Panenka penalty after Adrien Rabiot’s cool finish had given Juve a two-goal advantage.
Alvaro Morata gave the visitors the lead with a low angled strike before Tommaso Pobega equalised for Spezia.
The Turin club move up to second in the table with 12 points, four behind leaders AC Milan.
Ronaldo, who tested positive on 13 October,
expressed his frustration on social media
after failing to produce a negative result on the eve of his side’s Champions League match against Barcelona on Wednesday.
His second, and Juve’s fourth, came 14 minutes from time after Federico Chiesa had been fouled in the area.
As a result,
After he began self-isolating with his family at home, he missed one game for his country and four Juventus fixtures.
There had been hopes he would be fit to return against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday but the 35-year-old tested positive ahead of the match.
It meant fans were denied a renewal of his rivalry with Lionel Messi,
who scored in Ronaldo’s absence as Juventus looked toothless without its star player.
Juventus confirmed Ronaldo had recovered from the virus and had returned a negative test.