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Juventus 4-0 Lecce: Dybala, Ronaldo and Higuain help open up seven-point gap

Goal.com logo Goal.com 26/06/2020 Peter Hanson
a group of football players on a field: Cristiano Ronaldo scores from the spot © Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo scores from the spot

Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain helped Juventus move seven points clear at the top of Serie A with a resounding 4-0 win over 10-man Lecce at the Allianz Stadium.

Fabio Lucioni's first-half dismissal left lowly Lecce, who had started brightly, facing a daunting task yet it needed a moment of brilliance from Dybala to open the scoring after 53 minutes.

Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi were guilty of woeful misses in the opening period but the former lashed home his 23rd Serie A goal of the campaign from the penalty spot before excellently setting up Higuain.

Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Lecce - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - June 26, 2020   Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo shoots at goal with an overhead kick, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)   REUTERS/Massimo Pinca     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Lecce - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - June 26, 2020 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo shoots at goal with an overhead kick, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Massimo Pinca TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Matthijs de Ligt added a fourth that was harsh on Lecce as Maurizio Sarri's men stretched their lead on Lazio, beaten 3-2 by Atalanta last time out, albeit their rivals have a game in hand.

Andrea Rispoli flashed wide on the half-volley as Juve were carved open after four minutes.

Gabriel parried Adrien Rabiot's long-range shot and Ronaldo drilled wide of the right post as Juventus came to life and soon found themselves a man up.

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Lecce played on June 26, 2020 behind closed doors at the Juventus stadium in Turin, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images) Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Lecce played on June 26, 2020 behind closed doors at the Juventus stadium in Turin, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images) TURIN, ITALY - JUNE 26: Juventus's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team mates after scoring from the penalty mark to give the side a 2-0 lead during the Serie A match between Juventus and  US Lecce at Allianz Stadium on June 26, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images) © 2020 Jonathan Moscrop TURIN, ITALY - JUNE 26: Juventus's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team mates after scoring from the penalty mark to give the side a 2-0 lead during the Serie A match between Juventus and US Lecce at Allianz Stadium on June 26, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

Rodrigo Bentancur caught Lucioni in possession 40 yards from goal and the centre-back chopped down his opponent to earn the straight red.

Ronaldo incredibly put a close-range header from Dybala's corner over the top when unmarked then teed up Bernardeschi, who missed an even bigger sitter when blazing high from inside the six-yard box.

Gabriel was in action again to keep out Leonardo Bonucci's header just after the restart but was powerless to stop Dybala opening the scoring.

TURIN, ITALY - JUNE 26: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus scores the second goal to make it 2-0 during the Italian Serie A   match between Juventus v Lecce at the Allianz Stadium on June 26, 2020 in Turin Italy (Photo by Mattia Ozbot/Soccrates/Getty Images) © Soccrates Images TURIN, ITALY - JUNE 26: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus scores the second goal to make it 2-0 during the Italian Serie A match between Juventus v Lecce at the Allianz Stadium on June 26, 2020 in Turin Italy (Photo by Mattia Ozbot/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Evgen Shakhov's careless pass was picked up by Ronaldo, who teed up the Argentina forward to curl a sumptuous left-foot effort into the top-right corner from the edge of the area. 

It was game over just after the hour when Ronaldo lashed home the penalty he won after being tripped by Luca Rossettini.

The Portugal superstar would have had another had Gabriel not kept out his point-blank header but his ingenious backheel after a fine run deflected into the path of Higuain, who drilled home the third.

De Ligt then nodded in Douglas Costa's corner as Juve ultimately ran out comfortable winners.


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