Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice late to rescue a 2-1 win for Juventus at Udinese on Monday hours after the Turin giants lost their Serie A crown to Inter Milan. Inter broke Juve’s nine-year streak of home dominance by clinching their nineteenth ‘Scudetto’ after nearest rivals Atalanta drew 1-1 at Sassuolo to depart the ‘Nerazzurri’ 13 factors clear with 4 video games remaining. Antonio Conte’s aspect had wanted only one level to take the title no matter how Atalanta fared after their 2-0 win at Crotone on Saturday, and have denied Juve a tenth consecutive league triumph.
Juve’s win strikes them as much as third as they aim a Champions League spot, however are equal on 69 factors with second-placed Atalanta and AC Milan in fourth.
Napoli are two factors behind in fifth after a 1-1 draw towards Cagliari whereas Lazio are nonetheless within the working, 5 factors off a top-four end with a sport in hand after an thrilling 4-3 win over Genoa.
“The nine years are over, we will no longer have the Scudetto attached to the shirt, but we will start again with the same desire as before,” mentioned Juve coach Andrea Pirlo.
“We earned this win with effort and pride, and it’s a very important one given the other results this afternoon.
“We misplaced factors towards groups that we must always have crushed, typically naively, we let Inter escape and now we’re centered on reaching the Champions League.”
Juventus had trailed for most of the game in Udine after Nahuel Molina put Udinese ahead in the 10th minute, blasting in off a quickly taken Rodrigo De Paul free-kick while Juventus players were still protesting.
Weston McKennie missed a chance to level for the away side before the half hour mark when he sent a diving header wide.
Matthijs de Ligt had a shot charged down with Ronaldo nodding over the follow-up.
The equaliser came with seven minutes to go after De Paul conceded a penalty for handball from a Ronaldo free-kick, with the Portuguese forward making no mistake from the penalty spot.
Four minutes later he grabbed the winner when he headed home an Adrien Rabiot cross, with relieved coach Andrea Pirlo racing to join the celebrations.
Ronaldo’s brace takes his Serie A-leading tally to 27 goals, six more than Inter’s Romelu Lukaku.
In Emilia-Romagna, Atalanta played most of the match a man down after goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini saw red after 22 minutes at the Mapei Stadium.
Atalanta’s Robin Gosens scored 10 minutes after Gollini’s sending off for recklessly bringing down Jeremie Boga.
Domenico Berardi pulled Sassuolo level from the penalty spot seven minutes after the break after Hamed Traore went down in the penalty box under pressure from Rafael Toloi.
Sassuolo also played the final quarter of an hour with 10 men after Brazilian defender Marlon was sent off for a second yellow card, but goalkeeper Andrea Consigli saved Muriel’s penalty to hand Inter the title.
In Naples, Nahitan Nandez got a late equaliser for relegation-threatened Cagliari to cancel out Victor Osimhen’s 13th-minute opener.
Lazio’s thrilling victory over Genoa secured a club-record 11th consecutive win.
Joaquin Correa scored a brace, breaking the deadlock after half an hour and striking again 11 minutes after the break.
Ciro Immobile added the second from the penalty spot before half-time after an Ivan Radovanovic foul.
Genoa got back into the game when under-pressure Lazio defender Adam Marusic turned into his own net.
Luis Alberto curled in a third for the hosts just after with Correa then making it 4-1.
The hosts survived a late scare as Genoa fought back with Gianluca Scamacca slotting in a penalty with 10 minutes to go and Eldor Shomurodov blasting in another goal almost immediately afterwards.
Roma prolonged their winless run to 4 video games with a 2-0 defeat at Sampdoria to slide to 9 factors off the Europa League berths.
Paulo Fonseca’s aspect host Manchester United within the Europa League semi-final, second leg on Thursday attempting to overturn a heavy 6-2 defeat at Old Trafford final week.
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