Two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo earned Juventus a 2-1 comeback win against Udinese on Sunday to give the Turin club a precious three points in the Serie A top-four race.
Juve climbed into third place on 69 points, level with Atalanta in second and AC Milan in fourth, but two points ahead of fifth-placed Napoli.
It certainly wasn’t a match to remember for Juventus, but at this stage of the season it doesn’t matter as Pirlo’s side come away from the Dacia Arena with all three points, after what really was an unconvincing performance.
Molina’s opener after 10 minutes was cancelled out with seven minutes to go from the spot, after Ronaldo’s free-kick met the arm of De Paul inside the penalty area.
The Portugal international would make it a double just six minutes later, when Rabiot’s far-post cross found the unmarked striker as he headed in an 89th-minute winner from close range to take his tally to the season to a league-high 27 Serie A goals in 30 appearances.
The Bianconeri put themselves back into third place ahead of a massive match with Milan next week, while the loss keeps Udinese in 11th.
Udinese will look to bounce back next week, when they host Bologna. Juventus play Milan on Sunday in a crucial tie for both sides’ Champions League hopes.