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Serie A

  • 21 December 2011
  • • 22:30
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
  • • Attendance: 28588

Udinese 0-0 Juventus: Points Shared At The Friuli As Antonio Conte's Men Enter Christmas Break Unbeaten In Serie A

Claudio Marchisio went close for the visitors during the first half but, for the most part, both sides struggled horribly to create chances during a terribly anti-climactic clash

Juventus reclaimed top spot in Serie A courtesy of a dour 0-0 draw with Udinese at the Stadio Friuli on Wednesday evening.

Claudio Marchisio threatened a couple of times for the Bianconeri but they were, for the most part, frustrated by a Udinese side who only threatened sporadically on the counterattack during the second half of what was a desperately disappointing game.

Juventus started promisingly enough, with midfielder Marchisio slicing wide from the edge of the box after a clever cutback from Marcelo Estigarribia before Simone Pepe called Samir Handovic into action for the first time on ten minutes with a well-struck effort from 25 metres out which the goalkeeper could only parry away.

The visitors were by no means dominant in the first half but they did look the more incisive, although that was not saying much.

Indeed, Udinese’s only real opening came from a mistake by Giorgio Chiellini, the defender botching an attempted headed clearance which put Mauricio Isla in on goal.

However, Gianluigi Buffon was alive to the danger and made himself big to block Isla’s attempted lob.

However, the odd defensive lapse aside, Juve were relatively comfortable throughout and they came desperately close to taking the lead on two occasions shortly before the interval, Marchisio curling just wide from the edge of the area before Chiellini drew a fine reaction save out of Handovic with his clever flick from Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick.

The visitors continued to look the slightly more likely to break the deadlock in the second half, with Handovic doing well to get down low to keep out another effort from Chiellini six minutes after the restart.

However, in truth, with Alessandro Matri looking desperately out of sorts up front, Juventus never really looked like scoring.

Matri eventually made way for Fabio Quagliarella midway through the second period and the former Udinese did inject some life into the game but when he was presented with a decent chance to win the game for Juve with seven minutes to go, the forward shot straight at Handovic on the half-turn.

As it was, Juve were forced to settle for a point which, while disappointing, did at least see them climb back above AC Milan and into top spot on account of their superior head-to-head record. Udinese, meanwhile, remain third, three points adrift of the co-leaders.

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