Ronaldo sets another goalscoring mark with late strike in Juventus win

Cristiano Ronaldo

Merih Demiral nudged the ball past Andrea Consigli in the Sassuolo goal in injury time at the end of the first half, but Ronaldo was unable to reach it in time to finish at the back post.

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo has told his players to show their "mental strength" ahead of their Serie A showdown with Sassuolo on Sunday.

Ronaldo struck once in the match, and as a result, Juventus won the match 3-1 to move to the fourth spot with 33 points from 16 matches.

Ronaldo has scored at least 15 goals in each of the last 15 seasons in every campaign since 2006-07.

Aaron Ramsey and Danilo were also on the scoresheet for Juventus as they followed up their 3-1 victory at AC Milan in style.

Juve also sit four points before second-place Inter and one point behind third-place Roma, who have each played one more game than the defending champions.

The visitors, who have been one of European football's surprise packages this season, were reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage time when former West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang fouled Federico Chiesa.

Ramsey, who has been in and out of the side this season, put Juve in front in the 82nd minute with his first goal of the season.

Next up for Juve is a Coppa Italia clash with Genoa on Wednesday before focus turns towards a clash with Inter on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo completed the scoring deep into injury time, rifling in his 15th league goal this term.

"After Milan's win over Torino (on Saturday) we understood that we need maximum concentration and the desire to bring home the victories".

'If we don't get a result here, then what we did at the San Siro will fall into the background.

Ronaldo and Juventus now sit fourth in La Liga, seven points being league-leaders AC Milan with a game in hand. "It was important to maintain our form".

Juve conceded a goal in a Serie A home game while playing with a numerical advantage for the first time since October 2013 versus Milan and it is hard to not think what might have been had Sassuolo kept 11 men on the pitch.

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