Udinese vs Juventus – Football Match Report – May 2, 2021
Two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo earned Juventus a 2-1 win over Udinese on Sunday to give the Turin club three valuable points in the Serie A top four.
Juve climbed to third place with 69 points, tied with Atalanta in second and AC Milan in fourth, but two points ahead of fifth Napoli, who drew with Cagliari earlier in the match. day.
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“We made our life even more complicated, but the team showed a great desire to bring the result home,” Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo told Sky Italia.
“There is fatigue, mental fatigue. When you are used to winning the championship, not fighting for the Champions League, something changes in everyone’s mind.
“But our goal has changed in the last few weeks, we have to qualify for the Champions League at all costs.”
The visiting defense were caught taking a nap when Udinese wing back Nahuel Molina landed a quick free kick to shoot the opener after 10 minutes.
But Rodrigo De Paul stuck out an arm to block a Ronaldo free-kick with seven minutes remaining and the Portuguese converted the resulting penalty to end his scoreless three-game streak.
Ronaldo then led a winner in the 89th minute at close range to take his season record to 27 league-high Serie A goals in 30 appearances.
But the striker’s goals masked the cracks in another poor performance from Pirlo’s squad.
“If we are happy with these 10 minutes, it means we didn’t get it,” Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci told Sky Italia.
“We can’t change gears and keep the pace the whole game, that’s the hardest thing to understand.
“Matches are decided by episodes, after so many games you have to pay attention to the details. We have lost points too often because of the details.”