Sunday 29 November, 2020

Juventus lose 2-1 at Udinese, fail to secure Serie A title

Juventus' Aaron Ramsey, left, and Udinese's Rodrigo de Paul fight for the ball during a Serie A football mtch in Udine, Italy, Thursday, July 23, 2020. (Alessandro Bessanutti/LaPresse via AP).

Juventus' Aaron Ramsey, left, and Udinese's Rodrigo de Paul fight for the ball during a Serie A football mtch in Udine, Italy, Thursday, July 23, 2020. (Alessandro Bessanutti/LaPresse via AP).

Juventus missed a chance to clinch a record-extending ninth straight Italian league title as they lost 2-1 at relegation-threatened Udinese on Thursday.

Ilija Nestorovski cancelled out Matthijs de Ligt’s opener and Seko Fofana grabbed the winner in stoppage time to keep Juve’s celebrations on ice.

Juventus remained six points clear of second-place Atalanta and can secure the title with a win over Sampdoria on Sunday.

They could even be crowned earlier, if Atalanta lose at AC Milan on Friday and Inter fail to win at Genoa on Saturday.

The points could prove crucial for Udinese as they went seven points clear of the relegation zone, with three rounds remaining.

Juventus knew a victory at Udinese would secure the title as the Bianconeri hold the tiebreaker over Atalanta courtesy of a better head-to-head record.

It seemed to be going to plan for Juventus when they took the lead three minutes before halftime. A defensive header out came straight to De Ligt and he took one touch before firing powerfully into the bottom left corner.

However, Nestorovski leveled seven minutes after the restart when he headed in Ken Sema’s cross.

Both sides struggled to create clear scoring opportunities but, just as it seemed headed for a draw, Fofana burst downfield from near the halfway line and slotted past Wojciech Szczęsny.

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