24 July 2020 00:32
Juventus takes on Udinese Thursday with a chance to clinch the club's ninth straight Serie A title. Led by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo (30 goals in 30 matches) and a dominant defense (along with veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon), Juventus can well clear of Atalanta with a win Thursday, giving them the league championship with three matches remaining. On the other side, Udinese is back in 16th place with 36 points. The club is currently on pace to avoid relegation, but could fall into the danger zone if they don't pick up some points soon. Udinese is led by Kevin Lasagna (10 goals) Rodrigo De Paul (7 goals) and Stefano Okaka (goals) this season.
Thursday's match will air only on ESPN+. It's a standalone service that isn't covered by a normal ESPN subscription. Therefore, the match will not be available on WatchESPN or any ESPN cable channels. Udinese vs. Juventus Start time: 1:30 p.m. EST TV channel/schedule: N/A - The match isn't on normal TV channels and can only be streamed via ESPN+ in the U.S. Live stream: ESPN+ What is ESPN+? - ESPN+ isn't a replacement for a normal ESPN subscription through your cable provider. Instead, it's an auxiliary service that provides original content and some live sports. It also gives customers access to exclusive content on ESPN.com and access to pay-per-view MMA events. How much does ESPN+ cost? - Viewers can sign up for $4.99 a month to get all ESPN+ content (this does not include standard live sports on Watch ESPN). There's also an option to bundle ESPN+ with Hulu and Disney+ for $12.99 per month. More coverage via the Associated Press A look at what's happening around European soccer on Thursday: ITALY Juventus can clinch a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title with a win at Udinese. If Juventus wins, it will move nine points clear of Atalanta with three rounds remaining--and the Bianconeri hold the tiebreaker over the Bergamo squad courtesy of a better head-to-head record. Having carried a one-point lead over Lazio into the three-month break for the coronavirus pandemic, Juventus has lost only once since the restart. Lazio, which is down to fourth place, hosts Cagliari. AP recap of Juvenus' last match TURIN, Italy (AP) — Over a three-minute span of the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Juventus would not lose to Lazio for a third time this season. Ronaldo's double strike in a 2-1 win on Monday meant Juventus could clinch a ninth straight Serie A title this week. With four rounds remaining, Juventus moved eight points clear of Inter Milan, nine ahead of Atalanta, and 11 in front of Lazio, which trailed the Bianconeri by just one point before the break for the coronavirus pandemic. Juventus earned a measure of revenge after losing twice to Lazio in December--in Serie A and the Italian Super Cup. Ronaldo converted a penalty after the VAR determined a handball, then finished off a counterattack following a generous pass from Paulo Dybala. Ciro Immobile pulled one back for Lazio with a penalty in the 83rd. Ronaldo and Immobile are level atop the Italian league scoring chart with 30 each. Also, Ronaldo became the first player to score at least 50 goals in the Premier League, the Spanish Liga and Serie A. His 51 in Italy go with his 84 in the Premier League, and 311 in La Liga "Records are always important, but the most important thing is that the team wins," Ronaldo said. "We are a phenomenal team and we showed that again today, although we always want to improve and raise the bar." Both sides hit the post in the first half; a headed volley from Juve's Alex Sandro, and a long-range effort from Immobile. Ronaldo also headed off the crossbar after being set up again by Dybala.