Udinese vs Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo scores on return to line-up

Udinese vs Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo scores on return to line-up

Cristiano Ronaldo scored Juventus’ second goal in a 2-0 win at Udinese to extend the Bianconeri’s perfect start in Serie A on Saturday.

Shortly before the break, Ronaldo blasted a powerful shot from 10 yards past Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet.

Immediately after scoring, Ronaldo signaled for his teammates to give him some space so he could go celebrate in front of a TV camera, leaping into the air with an emphatic double fist pump.

The goal was met by a mix of applause and boos inside Dacia Arena. Relive the drama below.

What time does it start?

Udinese vs Juventus kicks off at 5pm (BST)

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on Eleven Sports 2, with coverage starting from 4:50pm. Eleven Sports subscribers can also watch the game via the online video player or the Eleven Sports app.

Highlights will be shown at 10pm on Eleven Sports 1 and at 11:30pm on Eleven Sports 2.

It’s a big game for…

Leonardo Bonucci: The centre-back did manage to get on the score sheet against Napoli but he had a much more torrid time in his own area. The 31-year-old made a critical error that led to Dries Mertens’ opener and looked shaky for the remainder of the match. An altercation with Allan may have made a bad day worse, and while Udinese may not pose the biggest threat the Italian will need to sharpen up his game to avoid handing the opposition any chances.

Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring against Napoli (Getty)

Remember when…

Paul Pogba has been spoken about lately for mostly the wrong reasons so far this season, but he made the Juventus faithful purr at his ability during his time in Turin.  This double from the Frenchman in January 2013 ended up in a 4-0 rout, but they were goals worthy of settling most football ties. 

Player to watch…

Paulo Dybala: The Argentine has played second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo for much of the season but he was in flying form against Young Boys in midweek. The 24-year-old has stated this week that his relationship with the Portuguese is a work in progress, but he will be close to being the finished article if he delivers similar performances to the one against the Swiss outfit.

Paolo Dybala celebrates after scoring against Young Boys (Getty)

Past three-meetings…

Juventus 2 (Dybala x2) Udinese 0, Serie A, March 2018

Udinese 2 (Perica, Danilo) Juventus 6 (Samir og, Khedira x3, Rugani, Pjanic), Serie A, October 2017

Udinese 1 (Zapata) Juventus 1 (Bonucci), Serie A, March 2017


Udinese to win: 8/1

Juventus to win: 7/20

Draw: 18/5

(Odds provided by 888 Sport)

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