35-year-old, five-time Ballon d’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, on Saturday set another scoring record as he became the first Juventus player to score in 10 successive Serie A games. The serie-A champions however fell 2-1 at Hellas Verona to leave an aperture to their denomination rivals.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 15 goals in 10 league games. Ronaldo — who turned 35 this week — broke through after 65 minutes, to hit his 15th goal in 10 games and take his league tally to 20.
The five-time Ballon d’Or triumpher is closing in on the all-time Serie A record of scoring in 11 consecutive games held by Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella.
But Juventus paid for defensive errors with Fabio Borini pulling Verona level with quarter of an hour to go afore veteran striker Giampaolo Pazzini won the match for the promoted side from the penalty spot four minutes from time after a Leonardo Bonucci handball.
Juventus are three points ahead of Inter Milan, who have a chance to pull level when they take on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s AC Milan in Sunday’s derby clash at the San Siro.
The subjugation was the third this season for Maurizio Sarri’s side but second in three games after losing 2-1 at Napoli just a fortnight ago.
Verona meanwhile are up to sixth after elongating their unbeaten run to eight games days after earning a creditable goalless draw at Lazio, who can pull to within a point of Juvemtus with a triumph at Parma on Sunday.
Borini levelled for the hosts when he pounced on a wayward Miralem Pjanic pass after 76 minutes, and the champions then paid the price for Bonucci raised arm deflecting Marash Kambulla header in the box.