SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 27 - 8 Mar 2019 (19.30 UK)
Juventus 4 - 1 Udinese
Kean 11, 39 (J), Emre Can pen 67 (J), Matuidi 71 (J), Lasagna 84 (U)
Allianz Stadium

Moise Kean scored a spectacular brace to send Juventus on their way to a 4-1 victory over Udinese, but lost Andrea Barzagli to injury again.

With a 16-point lead at the top of the table and the crucial Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid coming up, Max Allegri rested numerous top names. Miralem Pjanic and Joao Cancelo were suspended, with Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio, Juan Cuadrado and Sami Khedira injured, so Moise Kean got his first start of the season.

The Friulani had won two on the bounce, but remained just above the drop zone, with Valon Behrami, Antonin Barak, Emmanuel Badu, Samir and Marco D’Alessandro out, Rolando Mandragora suspended. The real surprise was 19-year-old Ben Wilmot in midfield, given his Serie A debut after a January transfer from Watford.

Kean opened the scoring with practically his first touch, as Alex Sandro intercepted a loose Wilmot ball, whipped a low ball in from the left and the teenage Italy international slid in to prod home from close range.

Daniele Rugani’s glancing header whistled just wide, while Federico Bernardeschi fired just over from the edge of the box after a sensational control and turn.

Andrea Barzagli made his comeback after four months out, but lasted only 25 minutes. He was visibly frustrated and angry at the latest injury setback and made way for Leonardo Bonucci. Bram Nuytinck picked up what looked to be a calf strain at the same time, so both teams had to make changes.

Kean doubled his lead with the cheekiest of finishes. He intercepted a poor Seko Fofana pass in midfield, surged down the left flank, confused the defender with a step-over, pretended to roll it across to Bernardeschi, but instead prodded it in at the near post with the toes of his right boot.

Kean continued to wreak havoc and was brought down in the box by Opoku for a penalty. However, Emre Can was given the spot-kick duties and sent Juan Musso the wrong way for 3-0.

The fourth was not far behind, as a Rodrigo Bentancur cross from the right found Blaise Matuidi for a header that bounced off the ground and into the far top corner from eight yards. This was the first time all season that Juventus had scored more than three goals in a single game.

However, they didn’t get to celebrate a clean sheet. Kevin Lasagna chested down a Rodrigo De Paul cross-field pass and smashed the low angled drive into the far bottom corner from a tight angle.

There was time for Hans Nicolussi-Caviglia to get his Serie A debut late on.

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Juventus: Szczesny; Caceres, Barzagli (Bonucci 25), Rugani, Spinazzola; Bentancur, Emre Can, Matuidi (Dybala 72); Bernardeschi, Kean (Nicolussi-Caviglia 80), Alex Sandro
Udinese: Musso; De Maio, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck (Opoku 25); Ter Avest (Sandro 63), Stryger-Larsen, Wilmot (Lasagna 46), Fofana, Zeegelaar; Pussetto, De Paul
Ref: Chiffi