A fast hat-trick for Cristiano Ronaldo still wasn’t enough for third-place Juventus to close in on Inter Milan, which managed to extend its lead at the top of Serie A.
Inter snatched a 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Torino and moved nine points clear of second-place AC Milan after the Rossoneri lost 1-0 at home to Napoli.
Nine-time defending champion Juventus beat Cagliari 3-1 but remained 10 points behind Inter, although it has played a match less.
Ronaldo’s first-half hat-trick set it on the way at Cagliari. It was the perfect response to criticism the Juventus forward and his teammates had come in for after the Bianconeri were knocked out of the Champions League by Porto in the round of 16 earlier in the week.
“The criticism didn’t bother me — what bothered me was being knocked out of the Champions…