Ronaldo's brace puts Juve in third

Serie A

A late double from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus back into the top-three in Serie A after a 2-1 victory over Udinese on Sunday evening.

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo made just three changes, with Danilo, Weston McKennie and Federico Bernardeschi restored from the trip to Fiorentina last time out.

The side from Udine stunned Juventus in the first ten minutes as Nahuel Molina ran onto a quickly taken free-kick to fire into the far corner of the net.

McKennie almost pulled the visiting side back level three minutes before the half-hour mark from a header in the area following a corner-kick, but the American went inches wide.

Juventus still maintained pressure on the host before the break and a glancing header from Cristiano Ronaldo following a corner went wide, as the first half concluded.

The host made a positive start to the second half and could’ve gone two goals up through a snap-shot from Tolgay Arslan after good hold-up play from Stefano Okaka, but he shot wide.

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Ronaldo was on the end of another chance on 59 minutes but from the edge of the area, the talisman shot tamely at the opposite number.

This slow spell in momentum forced Juventus to the bench at the same time and in came Dejan Kulusevski ahead of Bernardeschi.

Juventus were given a reprieve eight minutes from time when a handball in the area from Rodrigo De Paul resulted in a penalty, which Ronaldo went on to convert.

The equaliser fired up the Bianconeri and with a minute to go Ronaldo came in on the blind-side to head into the near corner with goalkeeper Simone Scuffet unable to smother.

Furthermore, the victory helped Juve to climb back into the top-three and also saw them return to winning ways.

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