The day had been horrible for Juventus. For the first time since 2011, they were not the champions of Serie A, instead, it was Inter Milan. Moreover, let alone be near the top not even their qualification for the Champions League is certain. With all these matters, Andrea Pirlo and his men visited Udinese’s Dacia Arena.
Ronaldo Salvages Juventus’ Day
Juventus, Lazio, Napoli, AC Milan, and Napoli are all in with a chance for the three places that remain for next season’s Champions League. As such, all the teams must win their remaining games as the season draws to a close.
However, Juventus was trailing by a goal only ten minutes into the game. Nahuel Molina scored his second goal for the season by squeezing the ball in from an angle. The visitors then proceeded to probe and push but Ronaldo made the difference in the end.
The first incident was when Rodrigo De Paul used his arm to block a promising free-kick by Ronaldo. The referee immediately gave a penalty. And then, the Portuguese made sure that the scores were level.
However, Juventus was far from finishing and was looking for a much-needed winner. Adrien Rabiot put in a run full of determination before crossing in a lofted ball towards Ronaldo who was waiting at the back post. In trademark fashion, he headed it with purpose, guiding it through the legs of the keeper, and snatched the late winner.
Juventus players celebrated jubilantly. It was an indication of the importance of the goal when Pirlo and the coaching staff joined the hurdle of players celebrating on the pitch. With the two goals, Ronaldo has now scored 34 goals in 40 games while cementing his reputation of possibly being the best player to deliver in a clutch situation.