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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2Roma25182554223256
3Napoli25166360273354
4Atalanta BCAtalanta25153740261448
5Inter Milan25153740241648
6Lazio25145644291547
7AC Milan2513573629744
8Fiorentina2511774235740
9Torino259884640635
10Sampdoria259793031-134
11AC Chievo VeronaChievo2595112634-832
12SassuoloSassuolo2593133541-630
13Udinese2585122834-629
14CagliariCagliari2584133351-1828
15Bologna2576122338-1527
16Genoa2567122740-1325
17Empoli2557131535-2022
18Palermo2535172149-2814
19Crotone2534182043-2313
20Pescara2526172755-2812