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European round-up: Ronaldo equals record while Barca hit top spot in Spain

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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal with Juan Cuadrado. Photo: REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal with Juan Cuadrado. Photo: REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal with Juan Cuadrado. Photo: REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 1,000th professional game by scoring for a record-equalling eleventh consecutive Serie A appearance to set leaders Juventus on the way to a 2-1 win at SPAL on Saturday.

Ronaldo scored from Juan Cuadrado's cross in the 39th minute. However, his unhappy record of never having scored from a free-kick for Juventus remained after he saw a late effort bounce off the crossbar.

Meanwhile, four Serie A matches were postponed yesterday because of an outbreak of the coronavirus in northern Italy. The Italian government had ordered Inter v Sampdoria, Atalanta v Sassuolo, Torino v Parma and Verona v Cagliari to be called off on Saturday with no indication of when the games might be rescheduled.

Inter's Europa League clash on Thursday with Ludogorets is also in danger of being called off, and the cancellation leaves them six points adrift of Juventus with one game in hand.

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In Germany, teenage sensation Erling Haaland was among the goals once again as Borussia Dortmund beat strugglers Werder Bremen.

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Madrid have not said how long they expect Hazard to be out for, but reports in Spain suggest he could be out for another two months. Photo: REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Madrid have not said how long they expect Hazard to be out for, but reports in Spain suggest he could be out for another two months. Photo: REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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Madrid have not said how long they expect Hazard to be out for, but reports in Spain suggest he could be out for another two months. Photo: REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Haaland became the first player to score nine in his first six league games in Germany, and has scored a total of 12 goals in eight games in all competitions since he moved to Dortmund.

Despite the Norwegian's efforts, the Bundesliga is still led by Bayern Munich, who made hard work of beating bottom club Paderborn 3-2, thanks to an 88th-minute winner from Robert Lewandowski

In Spain, four goals from Lionel Messi sent Barcelona to the top of La Liga as they eased to a 5-0 victory over Eibar at the Camp Nou. It was anticipated that the win would only put Barca top for a matter of hours, as Real Madrid faced Levante on Saturday night.

Surprisingly, Zinedine Zidane's men lost 1-0, with Levante captain Jose Luis Morales' stunning finish deciding the issue.

Worse for Madrid, Eden Hazard will miss Real Madrid's Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester City and next weekend's El Clasico after suffering a broken ankle during Saturday's defeat.

Madrid have not said how long they expect Hazard to be out for, but reports in Spain suggest he could be out for two months.

Irish Independent