Video & stats: Cristiano Ronaldo breaks incredible Juventus free-kick hoodoo in Turin derby win

Juventus’ victory over Torino this evening saw Cristiano Ronaldo finally break his abysmal free-kick streak with the Bianconeri.

Juve dominate derby

Maurizio Sarri’s men welcomed the Granata to the Allianz Arena a short time ago, for a Turin derby clash.

The hosts entered proceedings having looked much improved over the last couple of weeks, following their Coppa Italia final defeat to Napoli last month.

Juve were nevertheless aware ahead of kick-off that they could not afford to slip up, with high-flying Lazio continuing to pile the pressure on the table-topping Bianconeri in the race for the Serie A title.

When all was said and done, though, Juventus held their nerve, to emerge with a comfortable 3 points.

Paulo Dybala put the champions on their way inside two minutes with a typically sumptuous solo effort, before Juan Cuadrado doubled the advantage on the half-hour mark.

Just moments before the interval, however, Torino were handed a lifeline in the form of a penalty, with Andrea Belotti having stood up to lash home the ensuing spot-kick with aplomb.

But their top-scorer’s strike eventually proved little more than a consolation for the visitors, with Juve having restored their 2-goal advantage with 61 minutes on the clock.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the man to have found the net on this occasion, with the Portuguese superstar having bent home a wonderful free-kick from the edge of the box, as showcased below:

A late Koffi Djidji own goal added further gloss to the scoreline, as Juventus moved, at least temporarily, 7 points clear atop the Serie A table.

Ronaldo’s set-piece woes come to an end

As outlined above, meanwhile, as well as marking a fine evening’s work from a team perspective, the Old Lady’s Turin derby win also featured a significant landmark for one of the club’s star men.

The player to have achieved the feat in question was Crirstiano Ronaldo.

In finding the net courtesy of a free-kick, the 35-year-old brought to an end a remarkably terrible set-piece run.

As revealed by reliable statistician Mister Chip, Ronaldo’s strike versus Torino marked his first official goal from a free-kick in Juventus’ colours.

This came at the former Real Madrid man’s 43rd attempt.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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