Juventus 3-1 Udinese: CR7 double strike seals victory at home

The Old Lady were belligerent playing in front of their home crowd on Sunday in a Seria A date against Udinese, en route to coasting to a crushing 3-1 victory. Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed his usual prolific goal-scoring form in front of goal as he registered a brace in the first half.

All it took was nine minutes before the Bianconeri took the lead through Ronaldo after Paulo Dybala latched onto a looping ball with his shot rebounding off the opposition defender and fell into the path of CR7, who drilled it straight into the back of the net.

Juve had nearly doubled the lead when Ronaldo back-heeled to Gonzalo Higuaín, who played it for Dybala; the latter’s shot taking a deflection into the side netting.

Ronaldo grabbed his and Juve’s second following a cheeky pass by Higuaín down the middle, which saw the Portuguese fire away to bag a brace. A third goal was added on the brink of half-time when Leonardo  Bonucci put in a sneaky header that hit the woodwork and bounced over the line.

Maurizio Sarri made a double change when he introduced Federico  Bernardeschi and Matthijs de Ligt in place of Paulo Dybala and Bonucci, with 15 minutes remaining. Udinese pulled a goal back in stoppage time through Ignacio Pussetto, but it was too little too late.

Sought after attacking trio

Sarri introduced the attacking trio that fans had long been waiting for – playing Dybala, Higuaín and Ronaldo from the whistle. Wojciech Szczęsny was withdrawn from the last matchday squad after picking up an injury, seeing Gianluigi Buffon starting in his place. Buffon’s latest appearance equalled Alessandro del Piero’s record of 478 Serie A appearances in the colours of Juve.

What’s next?

The Bianconeri will play their final Serie A game of the year on Wednesday against Sampdoria at Luigi Ferraris.