December 9, 2022

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Udinese 1-2 Juventus: Heroic Cristiano Ronaldo late double seals crucial win for Andrea Pirlo’s men

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Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero for Juventus with two late goals to secure a vital 2-1 win at Udinese to keep their Champions League hopes very much alive.

A lacklustre performance from Andrea Pirlo‘s men saw them almost squander the opportunity to leapfrog Napoli and AC Milan into third place in Serie A.

Udinese, who had lost three of their previous five league matches before this one, stunned last year’s Serie A champions by going ahead in the 10th minute.  

Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Juventus with two late goals to seal a 2-1 victory away to Udinese

Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Juventus with two late goals to seal a 2-1 victory away to Udinese

Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Juventus with two late goals to seal a 2-1 victory away to Udinese

Udinese players celebrate taking a shock early lead thanks to Nahuel Molina's (right) strike

Udinese players celebrate taking a shock early lead thanks to Nahuel Molina's (right) strike

Udinese players celebrate taking a shock early lead thanks to Nahuel Molina’s (right) strike

Ronaldo converted a penalty in the 83rd minute after his free-kick struck an arm in the wall

Ronaldo converted a penalty in the 83rd minute after his free-kick struck an arm in the wall

Ronaldo converted a penalty in the 83rd minute after his free-kick struck an arm in the wall

MATCH FACTS

Udinese (3-5-1-1): Scuffet; Becao, Bonifazi (Santos 84), Nuytinck (Ouwejan 90+2); Molina, de Paul, Walace, Arslan (Forestieri 72), Larsen; Pereyra; Okaka

Subs not used: Zeegelaar, Makengo, Micin, Gasparini, Llorente, Palumbo, De Maio 

Booked: Arslan, Pereyra, de Paul

Goals: Molina 10

Manager: Luca Gotti 

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Juventus (4-4-2): Szczesny; Sandro, Bonucci, de Ligt, Danilo; Bernardeschi (Kulusevski 59), McKennie (Rabiot 84), Bentacur, Cuadrado (Correia 84); Ronaldo, Dybala (Morata 66)

Subs not used: Buffon, Chiellini, Melo, Ramsey, Pinsoglio, Dragusin, Vrioni

Booked

Goals: Ronaldo pen 83, 89

Manager: Andrea Pirlo

Referee: Daniele Chiffi

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Winger Nahuel Molina’s latched onto Rodrigo de Paul’s cross into the box to strike into the top of the goal, leaving Juventus players aghast. 

Despite enjoying almost two-thirds possession for most of the match, Juventus could not break down Udinese’s resilient defence until a Ronaldo free-kick in the 82nd minute was adjudged to have struck de Paul’s arm and a penalty was awarded.

The Portuguese duly stepped up and smashed the ball home to secure a crucial point for the Bianconeri. 

Then in stoppage time, substitute Adrien Rabiot sent a cross into the box and Ronaldo crashed a header past Udinese goal-keeper Simone Scuffet to take all three points for Juventus.

The Portuguese followed up with the winner six minutes later, heading home into the corner

The Portuguese followed up with the winner six minutes later, heading home into the corner

The Portuguese followed up with the winner six minutes later, heading home into the corner

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