Watch: Gigi Buffon's second big mistake in a week costs Juventus a goal

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On international duty last week, Gianluigi Buffon did something he has done very rarely in his illustrious career - he dropped a clanger to cost Italy a goal.

In the aftermath of his rush of blood to the head against Spain, Buffon's Juventus manager Max Allegri backed his goalkeeper by describing any criticism of the veteran as "blasphemy". 

However, after Buffon's second high-profile mistake in the space of seven days cost Juve a goal against Udinese on Saturday night, the Italian manager might not be quite so forgiving. Scroll down this article to see the legendary shot-stopper's unfortunate error.

After returning from two games for his national team, Buffon's Juventus are taking on Udinese in an important Serie A clash.

Unfortunately for the reigning Italian champions, with the game still at a stalemate after half an hour, Buffon's uncharacteristic run of bad form saw him allow a long range shot pass him by. 

The mistake - and it certainly was one considering how close the ball was to his body, and how far out Jakub Jankto's shot came from - wasn't on the scale of Buffon's miss-kick against Spain. 

Nevertheless, it was far removed from the Gigi Buffon we have come to know and love over a career that has lasted over two decades.

Fortunately, that very career, and his years of service with Juve, mean that Buffon won't be hung out to dry by fans of the famous Italian club after a week to forget.

As Allegri put it before tonight's league game.

"It’s blasphemy to criticise Buffon after an error at his feet after he has only made three, four, five errors in total.

"Buffon’s record speaks for itself, after what he has done in the last 20 years. It was an error that any goalkeeper could make."

Moreover, his Juventus teammates have helped the veteran 'keeper out tonight too.

That's because, at the time of writing, the Old Lady have turned the game around and are leading 2-1 after an hour.

That means if Buffon can rediscover his usual form, he and his teammates will celebrate a key victory as they seek another league title.

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