After losing to Lazio and drawing with Atalanta in their last two Serie A outings, it's fair to say Juventus were just focused on returning to winning ways on Sunday when they took on Udinese.
The Old Lady were able to welcome Paolo Dybala back into their side after the Argentine superstar was rested against Lazio last week and he took his place in the XI alongside Mario Mandzukic, Juan Cuadrado and Gonzalo Higuain.
Boss Massimiliano Allegri explained ahead of the game why the former Palermo man missed out last week and why he would return against Udinese.
Juventus took in a 2-1 lead at half-time against Udinese thanks to an own-goal from Sammir and a strike from German midfielder Sami Khedira.
However, their foothold in the game was thrown into serious jeopardy in the 25th minute when something quite unbelievable happened.
As you can see from the video below, it appears as though Mandzukic should have won a penalty from Udinese defender Ali Adnan, who then proceeded to antagonise the Croatian and both men are issued a yellow card.
However, three seconds later after saying something to the referee, Mandzukic gets his marching orders with a second yellow card. Unbelievable scenes!
Whether Juve can hang on remains to be seen, but ahead of the game, Allegri had already said he was fully prepared to win ugly on this occasion, as long as they do actually win.
"We need to recover lost points and stop those in front of us breaking away," Allegri told a news conference.
"We have to work as a team and leave aside the issue of aesthetics or beautiful football, because we need to put some points under our belts."
Well, there's nothing beautiful about what Mandzukic got himself into here, but can the former Bayern Munich man feel hard done by?
We'll have to wait and see what he said to the referee.
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