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TURIN, Italy – Álvaro Morata returned to set Juventus on track to a 3-0 win over Spezia on Tuesday and bolster their staggering title defense

Substitute Federico Bernardeschi provided Morata shortly after they both fell off the bench. Nine minutes later, Bernardeschi provided Federico Chiesa again

Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the game late at age 20 Goal of the season He is the first player in the five best leagues in Europe to have this number for the 12th time Times in a row

Morata missed Juve’s disappointing 1-1 draw in Hellas Verona last weekend due to illness.The Juventus striker had also not scored a league goal since December, despite scoring in both Italian Cups and the Italian Super Cup last month

“I’m happy with the goal, but the three points are more important,” said Morata. “I wasn’t among the goals, but most of all I was a bit weak because the last three weeks have been tough, but we have one little too few numbers and have to get used to it”

“It hasn’t been an easy season but there are still a lot of points to play and we will fight to the end”

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved Andrey Galabinov from an extra penalty after Emmanuel Gyasi stumbled from Merih Demiral

Juventus moved up to third place, seven points below leaders Inter Milan and three points below AC Milan Spezia remained seven points above the relegation zone

The Biaconeri were still without Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Juan Cuadrado, Arthur and Paulo Dybala, all of whom were injured, but Morata recovered enough from the illness to get a seat on the bench

Spezia looked more dangerous in the first half, even though Ronaldo hit the post three minutes before half time

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo changed in the 61 Minute double and brought Morata and Bernardeschi for Weston McKennie and Gianluca Frabotta

That had an immediate effect when Bernardeschi ran onto a ball over the top and rolled over from the left so that Morata could tap the near post with his first touch of the game. The goal was initially excluded because of offside at Bernardeschi, but was awarded by video verification

Juventus doubled their lead after another cross from Bernardeschi from left Chiesa’s first shot was brilliantly parried by Spezia goalkeeper Ivan Provedel from close range, but the Juventus striker shot the rebound home

Spezia was still looking for a way back into the game, but Ronaldo dashed the visitor’s feeble hopes when he drilled a through pass from Rodrigo Bentancur a minute before the end

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