SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 9 - 22 Oct 2017 (17.00 UK)
Udinese 2 - 6 Juventus
Perica 8 (U), Samir og 14 (J), Khedira 20, 59, 87 (J), Danilo 48 (U), Rugani 52 (J), Pjanic 91 (J)
Dacia Arena

Juventus went a goal down and had Mario Mandzukic sent off after 25 minutes, yet still won 6-2 at Udinese with a Sami Khedira hat-trick.

The Bianconeri had just one point from their last two Serie A rounds, also missing Blaise Matuidi, Benedikt Howedes, Medhi Benatia, Stefano Sturaro, Mattia De Sciglio and Marko Pjaca. Udinese improvised with Silvan Widmer and Jens Stryger Larsen not fully fit.

Juventus were unbeaten in Udine since a 3-0 thrashing in April 2010, leaving with four victories and three draws. In that time, the visitors scored 15 goals and conceded just two.

It was a shock start at the Dacia Arena, as Daniele Rugani was caught in possession and Stipe Perica dribbled past Giorgio Chiellini to blast in at the near post.

Juve fought back immediately, a Mario Mandzukic diving header charged down and then a rather bizarre own goal, as Samir nodded the Miralem Pjanic corner under the bar.

Udinese were having real problems from set plays and Chiellini’s header whistled just wide too, then within six minutes Juventus had turned the game around completely.

Their pressing won back possession and Sami Khedira steered in the header from eight yards on Juan Cuadrado’s cross.

It was almost 3-1 to the visitors moments later, Gonzalo Higuain’s angled drive coming off the inside of the far post.

However, the game took a very strange turn when Ali Adnan made a crucial tackle from behind on Mandzukic and the pair went head-to-head exchanging some words. When both of them were booked for this, Mandzukic immediately swore at the referee in dissent and received another yellow card, reducing Juventus to 10 men for over an hour.

Jakub Jankto stung Gigi Buffon’s gloves at the near post, then after a long period of Udinese pressure, his volley was denied by the goalkeeper’s outstretched foot.

Buffon performed heroics again on the stroke of half-time, fingertipping a Maxi Lopez flick away from Rodrigo De Paul in the six-yard box.

Udinese got their equaliser after the restart, as a free kick found Danilo totally unmarked to nod in from five yards after starting his run from deep.

The situation did not last long, as Dybala’s long free kick found Rugani rising between defenders for a header that ricocheted in off the inside of the far post.

Moments later, Juve turned it around completely, another Dybala free kick knocked down by Rugani for Khedira’s volley from six yards.

Dybala had the ball in the net, but only after Higuain had been flagged offside. Udinese also had strong penalty appeals when Alex Sandro appeared to bring down Jens Stryger Larsen, but the referee waved play on.

Maxi Lopez drilled inches wide from just inside the area, but instead Khedira completed his first Serie A hat-trick with a powerful angled drive into the far bottom corner.

It still wasn’t over, as Pjanic unleashed a powerful strike from distance that took a big deflection off Bram Nuytinck to leave Bizzarri stranded.


Udinese: Bizzarri; Ali Adnan, Danilo, Nuytinck, Samir (Pezzella 66); Hallfredsson, De Paul, Fofana, Jankto; Maxi Lopez, Perica (Bakic 81)
Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner (Bernardeschi 90), Chiellini, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Cuadrado (Barzagli 79), Dybala (Douglas Costa 66), Mandzukic; Higuain
Ref: Doveri

Sent off: Mandzukic 25 (J)