Juventus gets back to winning ways with a easy 4-1 win vs Udinese at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday Evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two, created the other for Federico Chiesa, then Paulo Dybala found the net, but Udinese were unlucky to see a goal disallowed and hit the Juventus crossbar twice.
The Bianconeri ended 2020 in disastrous fashion with a 3-0 home defeat to Fiorentina. Juan Cuadrado saw red and was therefore suspended for this game along with Adrien Rabiot, then Alvaro Morata was also ruled out by a muscular injury. The Friulani missed Gerard Deulofeu, Stefano Okaka, Bram Nuytinck, Mato Jajalo and banned Rodrigo Becao.
Cristiano Ronaldo curled wide and Aaron Ramsey missed a sitter when set up by Federico Chiesa, firing it straight at Juan Musso from point-blank range.
Moments later, Rodrigo De Paul sprinted away from Leonardo Bonucci, combined with Kevin Lasagna and fired in to complete the move. However, it was disallowed using VAR for De Paul’s handball at the start of the attack.
Instead, Juventus took the lead when De Paul was caught napping by Ramsey on a throw-in and Ronaldo pounced, sprinting into the box to bend it around Musso into the far bottom corner with his right boot.
Moments later, Ramsey almost returned the favour, as he was caught in possession by Walace, but that shot was charged down and Lasagna’s follow-up straight at Wojciech Szczesny.
Musso flew to palm away a Ramsey rocket, then Bonucci made an acrobatic clearance to stop Pussetto meeting the De Paul cross. Ignacio Pussetto landed awkwardly in that situation and went off at half-time.
The second half started with a bang, as Chiesa ran onto a Ronaldo pass, his first touch allowing him to flick it beyond Jens Stryger-Larsen and steer in from a tricky angle.
Ramsey had the ball in the net soon after when he saw the first attempt blocked by Musso and got back onto his feet to turn in the rebound, but it was disallowed using VAR because of a handling offence.
Udinese threatened to get back into it, but Stryger-Larsen’s header looped over Szczesny to bounce off the crossbar.
However, Samir gave the ball away in midfield and when Bentancur threaded it through for Ronaldo, the outcome was a foregone conclusion.
The Friulani were very unlucky, as they hit the crossbar again with Marvin Zeegelaar, who had shaken off Bonucci from a Fernando Forestieri assist only to strike the woodwork from close range.
Udinese also had penalty appeals rejected for a Bonucci push on Ilija Nestorovski. They did finally get a consolation goal when Molina rolled across from the right, Szczesny did what he could on Nestorovski, but could do little on the Zeegelaar follow-up.
Juve switched off and almost conceded another moments later, Forestieri blasting it not far wide of the upright.
Instead, it was Paulo Dybala who broke his goal drought with the last kick of the game. Danilo’s intelligent through ball allowed him to run between centre-backs and he kept his cool to lift the finish over on-rushing Musso. It was his first Serie A goal in Turin for six months.