Juventus comfortably see off a weak Udinese, with two first-half goals from Betancur and Ronaldo to give The Old Lady 24 points from 24 in Serie A.
Udinese vs Juventus match report:
Juventus secured their eighth consecutive victory in Serie A after a comfortable victory in Udinese, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting his fourth goal for The Old Lady after his return to action following his midweek Champions Leg suspension.
Udinese started the game brightly and showed some intent, but it was not long before Juventus took charge. The hosts were doing well to withstand the Juve pressure for 25 minutes, but the inevitable first Juve goal came in the 33rd minute through Betancur, who leaped high to rifle home a header from a well-placed Cancelo cross.
Just four minutes later, Ronaldo made up for missing an earlier chance with his head by scoring the second to put the game virtually past Udinese. Mandzukic got on the end of a long ball and squared it back to the Portuguese, who drove it into the bottom right corner from 12 yards out. The half-time whistle blew 8 minutes later with Juve in the driving seat as expected.
Juve had less to give in the second half and it took them until 75 minutes to really get back into their stride, during which time Udinese had a couple of half-chances. In the last 15 minutes, both Ronaldo and substitute Bernardeschi came close to scoring. But it was full-back Cancelo who came the closest to making it 3-0 in the 85th minute when his long range-effort was tipped onto the cross bar by Scuffet. The Udinese keeper had a decent game despite his side losing 2-0. And it could have been a bigger deficit without him between the posts.
The 2-0 victory gives The Old Lady 24 points from a possible 24, as they already look to be cruising to an eighth Serie A title.
Udinese vs Juventus at it happened:
95' And that's it! Juve have yet another win. No surprises there really, Udinese just did not bring anything to the game and Juve walk away with another 3 points in the bag.
94' Ronaldo looks incredulous for being called up by the ref for shoving over a Udinese player.
91' Four mintues added on.
85' Looking at the replay, and it shows that scuffet got a touch on that Cancelo strike to tip it on to the crossbar. Scuffet has played well in fairness despite his side being 2-0 down. It could be a lot more if it weren't for him.
85' Cancelo hits an absolute belter from distance, and it rattles the crossbar!
80' Yellow for Samir for wrapping his arms around Mandzukic.
79' Udinese try to work something and they have a corner. But they've done nothing with it.
74' Some beautiful passing and moving from Juve in the box. Mandzukic squares it to Ronaldo gets a first-trim shot off from the penalty spot. But it's saved by Scuffer. He nearly had his second, he's kicking himself.
72' Juve getting back into their stride now! Bernadeschi plays a lovely through ball to Mandzukic, who hits it first time and it's just wide of the far post.
70' Nice link up play between Bernardeschi and Ronaldo. The latter plays the former a short pass inside the box and the he launches it low and hard and it's saved by Scuffet. Juve do nothing with the resultant corner.
66' Dybala makes way for Bernardeschi
64' This second half has been quite boring so far, it has to be said. Juve have not been as good as they were in the first half but they are still in control here.
61' A rare chance at goal for Udinese! Barak has a go from distance, but it's well wide.
58' Juve have a corner. Pjanic puts it over everyone and Dybala is first to arrive to it coming into the box. His shot looks good but it's hit Fofana straight in the face! That must have hurt.
55' Dybala tries to weave around two Udinese defenders. He does well to get a shot off, but it's high and wide.
53' Udinese have a corner taken by De Paul but it's punched away by Szczesny.
52' Like at the start of the first half, Udinese have started the second half with some intent.
49' What a chance for Udinese! Behrami plays the free kick in, Samir heads it on towards his team mate Lasagna, whose shot is blocked from 4 yards out. That was close!
46' The game is underway and Emre Can has come on for Blaise Matuidi. Juve kick off
"Juventus is a strong team but Cristiano Ronaldo has become very strong inside and out of the stadium, but our goal today is not only to stop Ronaldo but we will play without fear and exploit the opponent's mistakes" were the words of Udinese coach Julio Velázquez before the game. Unfortunately nothing has gone to plan. But nobody will blame him too much for that. Not much can be done to stop this rampant Juve team at the moment. Expect more goals in the second half.
Udinese were doing well to hold out against the Juve pressure for the first half hour, but then The Old Lady scored two in four minutes through Betanacur and Ronaldo. That's Ronaldo's fourth Serie A goal.
46' Half time! Udinese will be glad to hear the whistle as they look to gather themselves.
44' Ronaldo chases a nice through ball but Scuffet gets his hands to it first. That could have been three.
43' Behrami has almost backflicked a Juve corner past his own keeper. That would have been the most beautiful own goal of the season...
37' GOAL RONALDO!! Mandzukic gets on the end of a high ball into the box. He lays it back for Ronaldo who launches it from 14 yards out. It's a sweet strike, the keeper had no chance. 2-0 Juve! Will the goal fest begin now?
33' GOAL JUVE! A quick Juve counter attack sets Cancelo off on the right. He puts in a great delivery for Bentancur whose header finds its way past Scuffet in goal. Juve have a deserved lead.
29' Kevin Lasagna has not had a chance to show the many "layers" to his game here. The lone Udinese striker been very quiet so far as Juve dominate possession.
27' The referee has stopped play for Fofana. But he's now back on his feet after receiving attention.
25' Alex Sandro whips a cross into the box but Troost-Ekong beats Mandzukic to it and heads it away.
19' Ronaldo has some fortune with another poor header. It looked like he was aiming for goal. It was way off target but lands at the feet of Matuidi about five yards out. But Udinese have stopped him from scoring.
19' Pjanic with a lovely effort from 25 yards out, the keeper stretches for it but luckily fo him it hits the side netting, as he would not have gotten to it.
16' Ronaldo gets his head on the end of a cross inside the box, but his header is very poor by his standards... high and over. He's cursing himself. He knows he should have done better under no pressure from the Udinese defence.
14' Juve have chance to deliver one from a set piece 40 yards out. The delivery is overcooked and Larsen is the first to it and puts it out for a corner. The corner comes in but Juve have been flagged for an infringement in the box. Free out for Udinese.
10' Two Udinese defenders take out Bentancur in a dangerous position 8 yards out. All three end up on the floor, but it's a fair challenge.
8' Udinese have dealth well with the corner but Juve keeping the pressure on. Ronaldo puts a cross in from the edge of the box. But it's cleared by Udinese.
7' Ronaldo with a long range effort! It's saved and out for a corner. Decent strike from CR7.
6' Behrami beats one man puts it out wide to Samir. But Samir's cross is wasteful. Behrami has started well, controlling things in midfield for Udinese.
5' Delivery is poor and Juve clear their lines
4' Cross comes in from Samir for Udinese, and it's out for a corner.
3' Juve now in possession and trying to build something... Udinese are sitting very deep.
2' Udinese start well... holding possesion, but there is a long way to go.
1' And Udinese get the game underway, the home side in black and white, Juve in grey
Rain is coming down heavily here at Udinese. Players are ready to get us underway.
Udinese striker Kevin Lasagna is making me hungry. Let's see if he's hungry for goals this evening.
Udinese's nickname is Zebrette, 'the Little Zebras'. If they beat Juventus today, they will certainly have the rigth to call themselves 'the Big Zebras'.
This is how Juve line up today: Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi, Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of Udinese vs Juventus, which gets underway in 30 minutes. Juve will be hotly tipped to keep their winning run going and welcome back Ronaldo after the Portuguese missed out on the Champions League midweek due to suspension.
Udinese vs Juventus preview:
After missing out on the midweek Champions League clash with Young Boys due to suspension, Cristiano Ronaldo returns to action for Juventus this evening, as the Serie A giants travel to Udinese.
With an incredible nine wins from nine games in both Serie A and the Champions League, Juve have had their best start to a season in their history, and will be expected to keep their winning run going against Udinese, who have only managed to win two of their seven league games so far this season. The Old Lady are unbeaten in 13 out of their last 14 matches against the Zebrette.
Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri will be expected to name a full strength side, with the potent strike force of Pablo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Ronaldo likely to cause major problems for the Udinese defence. Leonardo Spinazzola, Daniele Rugani, Sami Khedira are not available through injury for Allegri, while Douglas Costa remains suspended following the spitting incident against Sassuolo.
Udinese would love to get a win after last’s week’s 2-1 defeat away to Bologna, and will be hoping their 20-million-euro signing from Juve this summer, central midfielder Rolando Mandragora will help lead the charge against his former club. But considering Juve’s recent form and past results between these two, a shock Udinese victory is extremely unlikely.