Udinese force Juventus to keep the champagne on ice


Going down to Matthijs de Ligt's 42nd-minute effort, Luca Gotti's men bounced back to win 2-1 thanks to strikes from Ilija Nestorovski and Cote d'Ivoire global Seko Fofana.

Ilija Nestorovski got on the end of Ken Sema's cross with a diving header, completely unmarked, then in injury time Seko Fofana went on a marauding run from midfield to skip past two defenders and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Juventus - who had failed to win in their previous three games - now only need four points in their last four games to seal the first league title of manager Maurizio Sarri's career.

Matthijs de Ligt thought he'd done enough to secure victory at the Dacia Arena with his ferocious strike from distance, his fourth goal of the season. "In this way, we took the game to a risky level, and after the 90th minute, we lost it". "In this way we took the game to a unsafe level, and after the 90th minute, we lost it", Sarri was quoted as saying by the club's official wesbite after the match.

Juve needed a victory to put the title out of reach of second-placed Atalanta with three games left to play, but must instead look to Sunday's game against Sampdoria after this setback.

"In this period we are physically and mentally exhausted, and it is a problem common to all".

Sarri said his focus was entirely on that clash, not next month's Champions League meeting with Lyon.

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Juventus still have chance to be crowned before the final round of matches if they can beat Sampdoria at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday. A defensive header out came straight to De Ligt and he took one touch before firing powerfully into the bottom left corner.

And two minutes into stoppage time, Ivorian worldwide Fofana capped a solid match by getting the better of De Ligt to all but ensure Udinese of staying in Serie A with his third goal this season.

The Little Zebras claimed all three points at home to the Old Lady as they came from behind to win the game against all odds. Udinese, on 39 points, are nearly certain to avoid relegation from Serie A.

Immobile finished off a brilliant pass from Luis Alberto on the hour mark for his 31st goal of the season, one more than Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sergey Milinkovic-Savic got Lazio back into the game just after the break with Ciro Immobile connecting with a Luis Alberto cross for the victor after an hour in Sardinia.

Ronaldo, bidding to become the first Juve player to win the Serie A golden boot since Alessandro del Piero in 2007-08, and Immobile are joint top scorers in Serie A with thirty goals each.