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.
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
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
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
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
Goals: Ronaldo pen 83, 89
Manager: Andrea Pirlo
Referee: Daniele Chiffi
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