- Cristiano Ronaldo inspires Juventus to a 2-1 win over Inter Milan
- The 35-year-old forward scored the two goals that helped his side overturned the result
- Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring for Inter but it could not save them from outright defeat
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Five Time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo fired Juventus to a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in the first leg of their Coppa Italia clash.
The superstar who clocks 36 in two days' time grabbed his first from the spot in the 26th minute while his second came as a gift after a communication breakdown between Samir Handanovic and one of his defenders.
This however puts the Old Lady at an advantage to progress to the next round as they hold a two away goals lead ahead of the second leg scheduled for Tuesday, February 9.
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Ronaldo has now scored 22 times and assisted three other goals in 23 appearances across all competitions this campaign. Stats also show that he has scored eight braces this term.
Antonio Conte's men took the lead through a ninth-minute strike from Lautaro Martinez with Nicolo Barella responsible for the assist.
The Argentine raced into the 18-yard box to tap the ball beyond Gianluigi Buffon's reach having already tried to save it. The ball slipped past the legend's arms to allow the hosts to take the lead.
But the visitors bounced back with Ronaldo sending the ball into the roof of the post from a penalty spot four minutes before the half-hour mark.
The Portugal international completed his brace just ten minutes before half time after benefiting from a miscommunication between his opponents and sliced the ball straight into the right corner of the post.
And his brace was all Andrea Pirlo's men needed to take a two goals advantage ahead of the second leg next week.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Jamie Carragher has picked Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, over his biggest rival Cristiano Ronaldo claiming that the Argentina international does something that players find it difficult to do.
For more than 10 years now, these two players have been at the best of their games and they keep breaking records every day in the round leather game.
The Argentine started his football career on the streets of Argentina before his superb performances sent him to the famous La Masia Academy before graduating to the first team.