Giovinco relieved to end goal drought

The forward scored his first goal since October to edge his side closer to retaining their Serie A title
Sebastian Giovinco revealed his relief at ending his seven-month goal drought after Juventus beat Udinese 2-0 on Monday.

The forward struck the opening goal of the game with Fernando Llorente scoring the second to maintain the Bianconeri's eight-point lead over second-placed Roma.

Giovinco's last goal came in the 3-2 win over AC Milan on October 6, with the 27-year-old admitting he was glad to get back to goalscoring ways.

He said: "It's been a while since I last scored. Goals are important for strikers and I'm happy it came on a night like this.

"It's an important victory but not a decisive one. The Scudetto isn't in the bag."

Juve face Roma in their penultimate game of the season but could have the Serie A title sewn up before that clash, with coach Antonio Conte urging his side to continue their league charge.

"We did well, there's no room for error at this stage of the season. Our players always give 110% in every game.

"We need to pull out all the stops on Saturday (Bologna). I'm expecting a packed out Juventus Stadium to urge us on to victory.

"We know Roma won't be giving in behind us and it's important for us to do the same."