With two goals, Cristiano Ronaldo yesterday led “his” Juventus of Turin to a 3-0 victory over bottom Crotone at the close of the 23rd day of the Italian Serie A, the bianconeri ascended to the third step of the standings, behind Inter and AC Milan.

The Portuguese star opened the scoring in the last minutes of the first half (38) and widened the gap just before the break (45 + 1), both with a header. The young American Weston McKennie (66) made the third of the night.

With this double, CR7 has 18 goals in Serie A and is the top scorer beating Romelu Lukaku (17), who on Sunday had scored one in Inter’s 3-0 victory against Milan.

* Posiciones: Inter 53, AC Milan 49, Juventus 45, Rome 44, Atalanta 43, Lazio 43, Naples 40.

* Cristiano Ronaldo has more direct participations in goals (29) than games played (28) this season with Juventus. Add 25 goals and 4 assists.

* Cristiano accumulates 765 official goals as a professional, of which 132 were with a header.

Spain: Sevilla overtakes Barcelona in the table

Sevilla defeated Osasuna 2-0 yesterday in the last match of the 24th LaLiga match, a victory that allows them to overtake FC Barcelona and place third in the standings.

Positions: Atl. Madrid 55, Real Madrid 52, Sevilla 48, Barcelona 47, Real Sociedad 41, Villarreal 37.

Crystal Palace Triumph

With an agonizing goal from Christian Benteke, Crystal Palace beat Brighton 2-1 yesterday in the game that closed the 25th round of the Premier League and put land in between with the relegation places, which already have 10 points away.

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