Paulo Dybala bagged a brace to beat Udinese and temporarily put Juventus top of the table, despite Gonzalo Higuain’s parried penalty.
The Old Lady had the opportunity to temporarily go top of the table, but also risked fatigue after Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Tottenham at Wembley. Alex Sandro and Stephan Lichtsteiner sat out bans, with Federico Bernardeschi and Juan Cuadrado long-term injury cases, so Miralem Pjanic, Gigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli were rested. Mattia De Sciglio returned from fitness issues. Udinese were coming off three consecutive defeats, missing Kevin Lasagna, Danilo and suspended Jens Stryger-Larsen.
The Friulani had only beaten Juventus twice since the turn of the decade, both in Turin and the most recent in January 2011.
It was a bright start for the visitors, dressed all in yellow, as Giorgio Chiellini was booked within two minutes and the resulting Ali Adnan free kick stung Wojciech Szczesny’s gloves.
However, it was Paulo Dybala who broke the deadlock with a trademark free kick curled over the wall and into the top corner.
Dybala was in action again when brought down by Gabriele Angella, but Gonzalo Higuain stepped up and missed yet another penalty, this one parried by Albano Bizzarri. Pipita has now taken 17 Serie A penalties in his career and failed to convert five of them.
The veteran goalkeeper was also alert as he ran off his line to smother at Higuain’s feet following a Bram Nuytinck error.
Higuain made up for it straight after the restart, holding off a defender to provide the great assist for Dybala’s angled drive.
Pipita was in the mood for assists and tried to set up Blaise Matuidi, who just failed to get on the end of it, while Dybala’s attempt at a hat-trick was parried by Bizzarri at the near post. Another La Joya strike found the side-netting.
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Saved pen: Higuain 38 (J)