May 9, 2021

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Udinese 1-2 Juventus: Ronaldo’s late double ensures crucial Serie A victory


A late Cristiano Ronaldo double gave Juventus a 2-1 win over Udinese in Serie A on Sunday, boosting their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Udinese went into the break ahead as Juve’s defense faded after a free kick was awarded and Nahuel Molina’s low shot found its way past Wojciech Szczesny.

Juventus showed fleeting moments of quality, but equalized with an 83-minute spot kick from Ronaldo, which was awarded after the Portuguese forward’s free-kick moments previously hit the arm of Rodrigo de Paul.

Ronaldo added a second with a minute left as he put his head on Adrien Rabiot’s post on the back post to secure Andrea Pirlo a dramatically late win that ran down the sideline to celebrate with Juve’s players.