Ronaldo scores a brace as Juventus thrash Udinese 4-1

Juventus 4-1 Udinese: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as the side recover from Fiorentina set-back to move up to fifth

  • Juventus suffered their first defeat two weeks ago in shock 3-0 loss to Fiorentina 
  • But Ronaldo, Frederico Chiesa and Paulo Dybala scored in a big response
  • Ronaldo is now two goals ahead of Romelu Lukaku with 14 Serie A strikes
  • Juventus are up to fifth, 10 points behind leaders AC Milan with a game in hand 

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and created another goal as Juventus got back to winning ways in Serie A with a 4-1 victory over Udinese in Turin, moving the champions up to fifth in the standings.

Ronaldo opened the scoring with a trademark drive, after latching on to Aaron Ramsey’s pass in the 31st minute, before threading a perfect through ball into the path of Federico Chiesa to score Juve’s second goal four minutes into the second half.

The VAR had a busy evening in Turin. First, the referee was asked to consult the pitch-side monitor before ruling out what Udinese thought was the opener for a handball early on, before Aaron Ramsey suffered the same fate when he was penalised for handball, after a second look.

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken his tally to 14 Serie A goals, two more than Romelu Lukaku

Ronaldo’s second goal put the result beyond any doubt as he took his goal tally to 14 league goals for the season – two more than anyone else in Serie A – in the 70th minute, with Marvin Zeegelaar scoring a injury-time consolation for Udinese.

There was still time for Paulo Dybala to score another goal for Juventus as Andrea Pirlo’s side moved 10 points behind leaders AC Milan, with a game in hand, while Udinese drop to 13th and are without a win in their last four games. 

Frederico Chiesa made it 2-0 to Juventus in the 49th minute – his second for the Old Lady

Juventus Head Coach Andrea Pirlo will look to get their title defence back on track

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