– Juventus vs Udinese ended in a 4-1 win in favour of Andrea Pirlo’s side in the first game of the New Year

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace while Federico Chiesa and Paulo Dybala also got their names on the scoresheet

– Juventus are now fifth on the log with a game at hand, but are ten points behind league leaders AC Milan

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Juventus opened the New Year with a win in Serie A after recording a comfortable 4-1 win over Udinese.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace as Federico Chiesa also got his name on the scoresheet as well as Paulo Dybala to put the Biaconeri in fifth position in Serie A with a game at hand.

The defending champions were given an early scare in the 11th minute as Rodrigo De Paul thought he had scored for the away side only for the VAR to sot the striker in an offside position.

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Juventus vs Udinese: Ronaldo scores brace as Bianconeri win by 4-1

Juventus vs Udinese: Ronaldo scores brace as Bianconeri win by 4-1.
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However, the Old Lady took the lead in the 31st minute after Aaron Ramsey picked the pocket of a Udinese player and laid the pass for Ronaldo who struck the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0.

Ramsey could have scored by the Juan Musso had to make a fantastic from the Welshman’s effort which was goal-bound.

Five minutes after the start of the second half, Juventus made it 2-0 as Ronaldo turned provider for Chiesa who made no mistake with his left-foot finish.

It could have been 3-0 for Juve after Ramsey’s persistence saw him score the third goal but after a look at the VAR, the goal was not given by the referee after spotting a handball from the Welshman.

Udinese also had their moments in the game as Kevin Lasagna and Marvin Zeegelaar rattled the cross-bar on separate occasions.

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Ronaldo then grabbed the third after Rodrigo Bentancur stole the ball from a Udinese player and put in a first-time pass to the Portuguese who delivered a steady finish to score his 14th and make it 3-0.

Udinese had a consolation goal as Wojciech Szczesny punched a low cross into the path of Zeegelaar who scored into an empty net to make it 3-1.

Just before the final whistle, Dybala rounded off a resounding victory after the Argentine latch onto a through ball from Danilo and put the ball beyond the goalkeeper to end the game at 4-1.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo recently reached 250 million followers on Instagram.

The 35-year-old has over 90 million followers more than all 20 Premier League clubs combined according to the stats released on Sunday, January 3, 2020.

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His account is also the second most followed handle on the social media platform after Instagram itself – the most followed individual account across the globe.

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