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Serie A

  • 16 October 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 22000

Chievo 0-0 Juventus: Antonio Conte's side fail to break down stubborn hosts

The visitors managed to maintain their unbeaten run in Serie A but things could have been different if not for a questionable decision from referee Andrea De Marco

Chievo held Serie A leaders Juventus to a 0-0 draw in Verona and could have won but for a controversial call from the referee.

Juventus started the match brightly and looked the more dangerous of the two sides, and in the third minute the in-form Claudio Marchisio tried to find Mirko Vucinic in the box only for Stefano Sorrentino to claim the ball and clear the danger.

Then in the ninth minute the home side managed to ruffle a few Juve feathers, with Sergio Pellissier testing Gianlugi Buffon with a free kick from distance that the Italy international failed to deal with at the first attempt.

Then on the 20 minute mark Cyril Thereau found the net for the hosts, but unfortunately for the Frenchmen, his effort was ruled out controversially for a questionable foul on Andrea Pirlo, leading up to his strike, to make matters worse the striker was also booked for putting the ball away after the whistle had gone.

The game had slowed right down with no real chances created, as the sides went into half-time goalless.

The game opened up in the second half and on the 50th minute Marchisio almost put the visitors ahead with a powerful drive on the edge of box before substitute Emanuele Giaccherini went close to grabbing his first goal for Juve with another thunderbolt.

The visitors were now starting to control the game and with 20 minutes to go Alessandro Del Piero, who had just replaced Marchisio, struck the woodwork with a powerful header after a great cross from Simone Pepe.

Then minutes later, the hosts had a decent penalty shout waved away by the referee after Pellissier was brought down by a clumsy challenge from Giorgio Chiellini

Juventus kept their place at the top of the table with Udinese also failing to win this week but will be looking to get back to winning ways at home to Genoa, while Chievo will be happy to take the point against the Serie A leaders and will hope to continue their impressive start to the season away to Inter.

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