Ronaldo's step-over move fools another defender

ANDREW DAMPF (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press

ROME (AP) -- After all these years - and all those goals - Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark step-over move remains as effective as ever.

The latest victim was Bologna defender Mattia Bani, who was fooled by the five-time Ballon d'Or winner for Juventus' opening goal in a 2-1 win Saturday.

After taking an unintended assist from another defender, Ronaldo quickly got by Bani with an abbreviated version of his most famous trick, then unleashed a long, bouncing shot into the near corner.

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While Bani was left wondering what happened, Ronaldo was rushing toward the corner flag, dropping to his knees in a sliding celebration.

The celebrations didn't last long, however, as Bologna quickly equalized with an almost-as-impressive goal from Danilo, who half-volleyed past Gianluigi Buffon to finish off a slick team effort.

Miralem Pjanic won it for Juventus after the break, taking advantage of several failed clearances to score from the edge of the area.

''We are playing very well with this new 4-3-1-2 formation, the team is enjoying its football,'' Pjanic said. ''We just need to kill games off earlier so that we're not under pressure at the end.''

Ronaldo could have scored a couple more but for excellent saves from Lukasz Skorupski.

Buffon then preserved the advantage in stoppage time with a difficult stop on a bicycle-kick from Federico Santander, who had hit the crossbar with his first effort.

Juventus moved four points ahead of second-place Inter Milan, which visits Sassuolo on Sunday.

Before kickoff, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli presented Ronaldo with a shirt to commemorate his 700th goal as a professional, which was earned with Portugal during the international break.

Ronaldo's latest goal - his 701st - was also his third in his last four Serie A matches and the 25th of his Italian league career.

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic made a rare away appearance on the touchline in between chemotherapy treatments for leukemia.

MILIK MAGIC

Arkadiusz Milik broke out of a scoring drought with a brace as Napoli beat Hellas Verona 2-0.

Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret made a series of difficult saves early on before Milik scored in the 37th minute by redirecting a cross from Fabian Ruiz from close range.

Milik's second also came from close range, as he redirected an accurate free kick from Lorenzo Insigne into the roof of the net.

Dries Mertens nearly made it 3-0 but a late effort from the Belgium international hit the post.

Fourth-place Napoli moved within one point of Atalanta.

INSPIRING IMMOBILE

Ciro Immobile earned and converted two penalties as Lazio came back from three goals down at halftime to salvage a 3-3 draw with visiting Atalanta.

In a match that was a tale of two halves, Immobile completed the recovery with his second spot kick in stoppage time following a foul from Marten De Roon.

Joaquin Correa also scored for Lazio, while Luis Muriel had a brace for Atalanta, which also got a goal from Alejandro ''Papu'' Gomez.

Third-place Atalanta, which extended its unbeaten run to six matches, moved within one point of Inter.

Lazio, which has won only one of its last four matches, is sixth.

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