Juventus bounced back to winning ways following midweek disappointment with a comfortable 3-1 victory away to Cagliari, closing the gap to second-placed Milan to just one point in the Serie A table.

Cagliari held the share of possession in the first half and threatened Juve’s box on occasion, but the visitors were scintillating on the counter attack and exploited the leaks in Cagliari’s defence. The hosts always looked shaky off the ball and were down and out after 32 minutes as a fired up Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the perfect hat-trick to put Juventus in the driver’s seat at half-time.

It’s taken Ronaldo just 32 minutes to score a perfect hat-trick! ?

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Cagliari regrouped for the second half, enjoying more possession and testing the Bianconeri’s backline a little more. They pulled one back for their efforts after an hour through Giovanni Simeone and continued to dominate control of the ball, but never looked like mounting a comeback.

Andrea Pirlo’s side kept their nerve despite slacking off and conceding, seeing out the game in ugly but effective fashion with the hard yards done in the first half. The victory goes some way in repairing the damage of their Champions League last 16 exit, particularly for a vengeful Ronaldo.

With that in mind, here’s how Juve performed at the Sardegna Arena.

Chiellini’s presence is invaluable | ALBERTO PIZZOLI/Getty Images

2. Midfielders

Gabriele Zappa, Federico Chiesa
Chiesa was excellent yet again for Juve | Enrico Locci/Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo’s hat-trick was his second against Cagliari | Enrico Locci/Getty Images

4. Substitutes

Cagliari 1-3 Juventus: Player ratings as Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick for Juve
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