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Juventus’ title bid put on hold by surprise defeat at Udinese

The leaders are chasing a ninth successive Serie A crown.

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Udinense’s Seko Fofana scored a late winner against Juventus (Andrea Bessanutti/LaPresse via AP)

Udinense’s Seko Fofana scored a late winner against Juventus (Andrea Bessanutti/LaPresse via AP)

Udinense’s Seko Fofana scored a late winner against Juventus (Andrea Bessanutti/LaPresse via AP)

Juventus were made to wait for what should still be a ninth consecutive Serie A title as Seko Fofana’s wonder goal in stoppage time condemned them to a 2-1 defeat at Udinese, who came from behind to claim a win that moves them a huge step closer to safety.

Fofana raced from the halfway line to score in the second minute of time added on to lift Udinese seven points clear of the drop zone with three games to go, but extend the wait for a Juve team badly out of form.

The Turin side remain odds-on favourites to claim the prize, but are somewhat limping towards the title, having now won only one of their last five games in the league.

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Matthijs De Ligt had put Juventus ahead (Alessandro Bessanutti/LaPresse via AP)

Matthijs De Ligt had put Juventus ahead (Alessandro Bessanutti/LaPresse via AP)

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Matthijs De Ligt had put Juventus ahead (Alessandro Bessanutti/LaPresse via AP)

Juve needed a victory to put the title out of reach of second-placed Atalanta with three games left to play, but must instead look to Sunday’s game against Sampdoria after this setback.

Matthijs De Ligt scored his fourth Juve goal to put them in front three minutes before half-time, firing in after Udinese failed to deal with an Adrien Rabiot cross.

But Udinese levelled when Ilija Nestorovski stooped to head home Ken Sema’s cross when left unmarked seven minutes into the second half.

Lazio came from behind to record a 2-1 victory over Cagliari, confirming their place in next season’s Champions League as they ended a five-game winless run that ruined their title hopes.

Giovanni Simeone fired Cagliari in front on the stroke of half-time, but Lazio needed only two minutes of the second half to get back on level terms as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic found the top corner.

And Ciro Immobile completed the turnaround on the hour mark with a left-footed strike.

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