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Ronaldo scores second-half hat-trick as Juve thump Cagliari

Tuesday, 2020-01-07 09:15:53
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Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Cagliari - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - January 6, 2020 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their fourth goal to complete his hat-trick. (Photo: Reuters)
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a second-half hat-trick to lead Serie A champions Juventus to a 4-0 win at home to Cagliari on Monday, taking his tally to eight goals in his last five league games.

The Portuguese pounced on a mistake in the Cagliari defence to break the deadlock four minutes after halftime before adding the second from a penalty as he scored for the fifth league game in the row. After setting up Gonzalo Higuain for the third in the 81st minute, he completed the rout by finishing off a counter-attack one minute later.

* West Ham United defender Ryan Fredericks has been ruled out for at least a month after suffering a hamstring strain in Sunday’s FA Cup third round win at Gillingham, the Premier League club said on Monday. The damage suffered by the 27-year-old fullback was revealed by a scan on Monday.

* Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku scored twice, the first from a run which started inside his own half, to lead his side to a 3-1 win at Napoli which kept them top of Serie A on Monday. Lautaro Martinez was also on target for Inter who lead the standings on goal difference from Juventus, who beat Cagliari 4-0 earlier on Monday, with both teams on 45 points. The head-to-head record will be used once the two sides have met twice.

* Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return failed to inspire AC Milan as the fallen giants were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Sampdoria in Serie A on Monday, failing to score for the third league game in a row. The charismatic 38-year-old Swede was brought on to a rousing reception from the San Siro crowd in the 55th minute but Milan could still not find a way past their lowly opponents.

* Australian Open organisers are monitoring the deteriorating air quality in Melbourne and said matches could be suspended if conditions become hazardous amid the bushfire crisis. The Australian Open main draw begins on Jan. 20.

* Daniele De Rossi, the Italian midfielder who joined Boca Juniors last year after a career spent at AS Roma, announced his retirement from the game on Monday. The 36-year old, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, told reporters he would take some time off before studying to become either a coach or director.

* Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said he remains committed to the club and wants to help them challenge for major honours, dispelling speculation that the Gabon striker might want to leave the misfiring north London side. Arsenal sit 10th in the Premier League after 21 games, nine points adrift of the Champions League qualifying places.

* Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have been ruled out of this week's Spanish Super Cup which is to be held in Saudi Arabia. The club confirmed in two separate statements that the forwards, who both started Saturday's 3-0 La Liga win over Getafe, will be absent for the money-spinning trip. Benzema has a hamstring issue, while Bale is suffering from a chest infection. A timescale has not been given for their return.

* Bologna forward Riccardo Orsolini rifled in a free kick from the unlikeliest of angles deep into stoppage time to give his side a 1-1 draw to Fiorentina and deny Giuseppe Iachini a winning start as coach of the visiting side in Serie A on Monday. Iachini replaced Vincenzo Montella who was fired following a 4-1 home defeat by AS Roma in December.

* American Danielle Collins stunned former champion Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-1 in the opening round of the Brisbane International on Monday as Germany's Angelique Kerber also bowed out. Earlier, home favourite Samantha Stosur upset former world number one Kerber 7-6(5) 7-6(4) in a tight clash between former Grand Slam champions.

* Serbia have topped Group A and become the second team through to the quarterfinals of the ATP Cup on Monday evening, edging out France 2-1 on day four action of the inaugural Australian tennis tournament held in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. In other matches of the 24-nation round robin tournament, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and his Spanish counterpart Roberto Bautista Agut were flawless in Perth, beating Uruguay 3-0.

* Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka started her 2020 season in style with a 6-3 6-0 victory over Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan in the first round of the Shenzhen Open on Monday. The Belarusian - who also won titles in Wuhan and Zhuhai last year - needed only 71 minutes to wrap up the contest, breaking Gasparyan five times on centre court to advance to the last 16.

* Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki teamed up in the doubles for the first time to beat Japanese pair Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya 6-2 6-4 at the Auckland Classic on Monday. In Monday's singles matches, American teenager Coco Gauff, the youngest player in the draw at 15, saw off the challenge of last year's semi-finalist Viktoria Kuzmova to advance with an impressive 6-3 6-1 victory in 61 minutes.

* Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Monday unveiled 20 official art posters. Twelve posters are based on the theme of the Olympic Games and eight on the Paralympics. They will be displayed to the public at Tokyo's Museum of Contemporary Art on Tuesday and the exhibition will run until February 16.

Reuters, Xinhua