Oct 15, 2016 at 7.45pm UK at ​Juventus Stadium
Juventus
2-1
Udinese
Dybala (43', 51')
Hernanes (66')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Jankto (31')
Wague (45'), Perica (59')

Result: Juventus beat Udinese to extend lead at top of table

Paulo Dybala of Juventus FC celebrates the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Atalanta BC at Juventus Arena on October 25, 2015 in Turin, Italy.
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Paulo Dybala scores twice as Juventus come from behind to beat Udinese 2-1 and move five points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

Juventus have extended their lead at the top of the Serie A table to five points courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Udinese in Turin this evening.

The hosts needed to come from behind after Jakub Jankto had given Udinese the lead, but a brace from Paulo Dybala was enough to hand Massimiliano Allegri's side a fifth straight victory.

Juve could have taken the lead inside the opening two minutes when Dybala found space inside the penalty area, only to fire his effort inches past the post.

Mario Mandzukic also came close as he continued his search for a first league goal of the season, but having latched on to a rebound in the 26th minute he proceeded to blaze his finish over the crossbar.

That wastefulness was punished on the half-hour mark as Udinese broke the deadlock through Jankto, who fired home from the edge of the penalty area.

The lead should have lasted only four minutes as Juventus immediately went in search of an equaliser, but Stephan Lichtsteiner somehow put the ball wide from inside the six-yard box.

Juve would not have to wait too much longer to restore parity, however, with Dybala doing so in style shortly before half time with an exquisite free kick that left the keeper helpless.

It was another dead-ball situation that handed Dybala his second of the night too, completing the turnaround from the penalty spot six minutes into the second half.

Rodrigo De Paul was penalised for the visitors, and Dybala made no mistake by picking out the bottom corner from 12 yards.

The hosts still needed Gianluigi Buffon in top form to keep them ahead, though, with the veteran goalkeeper pulling off a fine save to deny a close-range Felipe header just seven minutes from time.

The champions held out for the win, though, recording their 19th consecutive home Serie A win.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus15120332131936
2Roma15102335161932
3AC Milan1510232719832
4Lazio1584327161128
5Atalanta BCAtalanta159152417728
6Napoli1584327151228
7Torino1574431191225
8Fiorentina146532216623
9Sampdoria156451920-122
10Inter Milan156362221121
11Genoa145541715220
12CagliariCagliari156272332-920
13AC Chievo VeronaChievo155461416-219
14Udinese155371923-418
15SassuoloSassuolo155282026-617
16Bologna154471422-816
17Empoli15249724-1710
18Pescara151591227-158
19Crotone1513111229-176
20Palermo1513111129-186