Cristiano Ronaldo converted two late penalties in his 100th appearance for Juventus as the Serie A champions ground out a 3-1 win away against a dogged Genoa side on Sunday.
Ronaldo, who also converted two penalties in a 3-0 win at Barcelona on Tuesday, fired into the middle of the goal in the 78th minute and struck again 11 minutes later, taking his league tally this season to 10.
Juve had struggled to open up the Genoa defence, finally breaking through with Paulo Dybala’s first league goal of the season in the 57th minute, only for Stefano Sturaro to equalise against his former club four minutes later.
Juve are fourth with 23 points from 11 games and are still unbeaten, although they have drawn five matches. Genoa, who narrowly escaped the drop last season, are one off the bottom with six points.
Internazionale scored three late goals to snatch a 3-1 win at Cagliari and help ease a miserable week after another early Champions League exit. Nicolò Barella, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Romelu Lukaku scored in the final 15 minutes after Riccardo Sottil had given Cagliari the lead.
Cagliari took the lead three minutes before the break with their first real opportunity. Sottil’s initial shot was blocked but he fired home the rebound.
Inter finally equalised in the 77th minute. A corner was punched clear by Alessio Cragno but came out to Barella, who volleyed into the net. The visitors turned it around completely in the 84th minute with a header from D’Ambrosio. Cagliari pushed for an equaliser and were caught out by a counterattack that was finished by Lukaku.
Inter moved second, two points behind Milan, who host Parma on Sunday evening. Napoli remained a point behind Inter after beating Sampdoria 2-1. The visitors led at half-time but goals from Hirving Lozano and Andrea Petagna earned Napoli victory at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.