Thanks to two goals in the first half of Ronaldo, Juventus beat Udinese 3-1 in round 16 of Serie A.
Juventus 3-1 Udinese
The match was decided in the first half. Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace and a captain Leonardo Bonucci’s table helped Juventus lead 3-0 at home. Facing a Udinese who dived at the bottom of the scoreboard and struggled with the relegation race, “The Old Lady” played leisurely in the second half to finish the match with three full points.
The victory helped Maurizio Sarri’s teachers and players relieve pressure, after two consecutive rounds of failure, and put pressure on Inter – the team will play late tonight. This is also the first time in the 2019-2020 season, Ronaldo scored twice for Juventus, although he has scored three hat-tricks for the Portuguese team in the past half year.
Ronaldo is reviving strongly, since the team rally in mid-November. Before the Udinese reception, the 34-year-old superstar scored three goals in four matches for Juventus. It was in contrast to when Ronaldo had played three games in a row at the beginning of November, when the conflict between him and the club was erupted.
Less than 30 minutes later, Ronaldo spoke for the second time. He moved without the ball wisely, received a straight line from Gonzalo Higuain and shot tight into the near corner, doubling the gap. At the end of the match, the owner of the Golden Ball has two more delicious opportunities to complete the hat-trick. However, the ball that kicked in from the edge of the 5m50 area was blocked by the keeper. A half-shot and two minutes later on the edge of the penalty area found the post.
In addition to Dybala’s position, Juventus has another change in the starting lineup. Expensive defender Matthijs de Ligt prepares for Merih Demiral, another rookie of the “Old Lady” in the summer of 2019. Compared to the former Ajax player, Demiral has a better match with his senior Bonucci, even leaving a mark on Bonucci’s pass through the head was increased to 3-0 at the end of the first half.
Legendary Gianluigi Buffon returned to the wooden frame, after a mistake two weeks ago leading to a 2-2 draw against Sassuolo. The 41-year-old watchman made sure, there were many saves for Juventus in the second half, but stood still in the late game. The hosts kept stopping for Udinese’s reserve striker – Pussetto – to quickly score in the penalty area.