Two late targets from Cristiano Ronaldo earned Juventus a 2-1 comeback win towards Udinese on Sunday to offer the Turin membership a treasured three factors within the Serie A top-four race.
Juve climbed into third place on 69 factors, degree with Atalanta in second and AC Milan in fourth, however two factors forward of fifth-placed Napoli.
The visiting defence was caught napping when Udinese wing again Nahuel Molina latched onto a rapidly taken freekick to fireplace house the opener after 10 minutes.
However Rodrigo De Paul caught out an arm to dam a Ronaldo freekick with seven minutes remaining and the Portuguese transformed the ensuing penalty to finish his run of three video games and not using a aim.
Ronaldo then headed in an 89th-minute winner from shut vary to take his tally to the season to a league-high 27 Serie A targets in 30 appearances.
However the striker’s targets papered over the cracks of one other poor efficiency from Andrea Pirlo’s workforce.
“If we’re happy with these 10 minutes, it implies that now we have not understood something,” Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci instructed Sky Italia. “We won’t change gear and stick with it for the entire sport, that’s the hardest factor to know.
“Matches are determined by episodes, after this many video games you should take note of the main points. We now have dropped factors too many instances due to the main points.”
Juve knew earlier than kick-off that that they had the prospect to realize floor within the top-four race after Atalanta and Napoli drew towards Sassuolo and Cagliari respectively.
However they bought off to the worst attainable begin when De Paul discovered Molina with a fast freekick, and he drilled in a end.
It was the tenth consecutive league sport wherein Juve have conceded ustration after heading large from six yards and Paulo Dybala’s deflected shot required a wise save from Simone Sat least one aim, their worst report since April 2010.
Juve’s Weston McKennie was left punching the bottom in frcuffet.
However the guests’ probabilities had been few and much between till Ronaldo’s decisive contribution within the closing levels.
De Paul’s handball gave the Portuguese ahead the prospect to fireplace a penalty into the underside nook, and the 36-year-old turned the sport on its head when he nodded in an Adrien Rabiot cross on the again submit.
In the meantime, Nahitan Nandez scored a 94th-minute equaliser to grab a 1-1 draw for relegation battling Cagliari and dent Napoli‘s Champions League qualification hopes on Sunday.
Napoli are fourth within the standings, two factors behind Atalanta and AC Milan, however Juventus can overtake them by beating Udinese later.
Victor Osimhen latched onto a dinked Lorenzo Insigne cross and guided house a end after 13 minutes to place the house aspect in entrance.
Eredivisie: Ajax topped champions
Ajax had been topped Dutch league champions in emphatic model on Sunday following a 4-0 house thrashing of lowly Emmen that provides them an unassailable lead and extends their report variety of home championship wins to 35.
Jurrien Timber, Sebastien Haller, Devyne Rensch and Davy Klaassen all scored as Ajax overwhelmed their relegation-threatened opponents, who had come into the fixture on the again of three straight wins however had been no match for the champions.
The victory strikes Ajax to 79 factors from 31 video games, 15 forward of second-placed PSV Eindhoven, who play afterward Sunday at house to Heerenveen however have solely 4 matches remaining.
Ajax retain the title they gained two years in the past after the championship was known as off within the 2019-20 marketing campaign because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Amsterdam membership had been joint prime of the desk on the time with AZ Alkmaar after 25 matches within the 34-game season.
The title win caps a superb week for Ajax after coach Erik ten Hag additionally signed a brand new contract to maintain him on the membership till June 2023.