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20 January 2013
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: L. Banti
• Attendance: 36109
P. Pogba 41', 66'
M. Vučinić 72'
A. Matri 80'
Udinese's poor away form continues with that result and it takes Francesco Guidolin's side down to ninth position in the Serie A table. They will look to get back to winning ways when they entertain Siena at the Friuli next Sunday. As for Juventus, they face Lazio in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia on Tuesday night. That's all from me, Max Bentley on what has been a comprehensive victory for Juventus who claim their first league win of 2013. Until next time, goodbye!
FULL TIME: JUVENTUS 4 - 0 UDINESE. Antonio Conte's side return to winning ways in style inspired by a wonderful midfield display from Paul Pogba. The 19-year-old Frenchman scored with two stunning efforts before further strikes from Mirko Vucinic and Alessandro Matri sealed the win. Juventus storm five points clear!
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Nearly a fifth for Juventus when Matri looks to seize upon Pogba's ball over the top but Padelli is alert to thwart the striker's effort.
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Udinese have increased their shot count in the last ten minutes but they cannot find a way past Buffon. Basta looks to replicate Pogba's effort from the edge of the box, but watches the ball fly over the crossbar. In the dying embers now.
Dusan Basta unleashes a smart drive from the edge of the box which Buffon parries to safety.
Substitute Maicoseul is the next Udinese man to try his luck from the edge of the box but he drags a poor effort wide of the goal.
Pinzi looks to snatch a consolation for the Zebrette with a rasping drive from the edge of the box but Buffon gets his body behind the effort to save well.
Udinese just cannot find a way past this disciplined Juventus rearguard. It is hardly surprising that the Old Lady have the division's best defensive record, conceding only 14 times in 20 matches.
Paolo De Ceglie
The same duo nearly combine again when Vucinic slips a pass behind the defence for Matri, but Padelli spots the danger and races off his line to clear upfield.
Assist Mirko Vučinić
Goal Alessandro Matri
4-0 JUVENTUS! Matri provides the cherry on the top when he breaks the offside trap to latch onto Vucinic's superb chipped pass and the striker makes no mistake, firing between the legs of Padelli and into the net. Udinese have seen their six-game unbeaten league run destroyed this evening.
Cries of "SHOOT" every time Pogba receives the ball now. The French midfielder has shown a maturity which belies his teenage years today. What a talent!
Vidal looked to have taken a slight knock a few minutes ago and Conte urges caution by withdrawing the Chilean in place of Simone Padoin.
Vucinic looks to trick his way past Domizzi with a bulldozing run, but Padelli is off his line quickly to smother the ball.
Credit to Udinese, they are refusing to give up hope. Allan looks to loft a cross towards the back post to Lazzarri but Barzagli backtracks excellently to head clear.
Antonio Di Natale only needs a sniff at goal and he nearly pulls one back from the edge of the box, but his curling effort shaves the top of the crossbar.
Assist Arturo Vidal
Goal Mirko Vučinić
3-0 JUVE!! Juventus all but seal the three points with a goal from Mirko Vucinic. There is an element of fortune about it as his downward effort takes a small nick off a defender and deceives Padelli who will probably feel that he could have done better. Surely no way back for Udinese now.
CACERES TO THE RESCUE! It seems as though Di Natale is about to score his 150th Serie A goal for Udinese when he latches onto a neat ball over the top, but the Uruguayan defender races back to make a wonderful block.
Assist Arturo Vidal
Goal Paul Pogba
POGBA HAS DONE IT AGAIN! The 19-year-old collects a pass from Vidal outside the box before executing a neat pirouette and thumping an unstoppable low drive into the bottom left corner with Padelli well beaten. That is another truly special goal from this blossoming talent. 2-0 Juventus!
Vidal is screaming for a penalty as he feels his goalbound effort was blocked by the hand of Heurtaux. Luca Banti is not interested and waves away the appeals.
GOOD CHANCE FOR UDINESE! Giampiero Pinzi delivers an arrowed cross into the box which is struck first time by Muriel and Buffon watches on as it goes narrowly wide of his left-hand post.
Giaccherini's corner to the front post is nervously cleared upfield by Heurtaux. The next goal here is crucial.
Yellow Card Muriel
Luis Muriel picks up a yellow card for dissent. The Colombian forward has been very quiet this evening.
This is a good spell of pressure for Juventus and Giaccherini bursts forward from midfield, only to see his low effort well saved by Padelli, who has impressed in the absence of Brkic.
Not too much has come off for Mirko Vucinic today and his reverse pass nearly finds Giaccherini in the box but Domizzi is on hand to avert the danger.
Matri does ever so well to burst past the challenge of Allan down the left touchline and he cuts inside the penalty box, only to see his placed effort well blocked by Danilo.
Udinese force a corner when Basta's cross is deflected behind by De Ceglie. They opt to take it short and Pinzi's cushioned volley goes behind for another set-piece which Barzagli clears.
We haven't seen too much of Matri since his introduction in the second half. The Zebrette are proving more than a match for Juventus at the moment.
Lichtsteiner looks to double Juve's lead with a left-footed strike from the edge of the box but the Swiss wing-back watches his effort drift wide of the post.
Antonio Di Natale
Guidolin gives it just five minutes of the second half to introduce his lethal weapon. Pereyra makes way for Di Natale, who is looking to add to his tally of 14 goals in the league.
CHANCE FOR UDINESE! Giovanni Pasquale finds space to whip in a cross down the left-hand side and Luis Muriel is waiting to convert at the back post but is slightly put off by the backtracking Giaccherini and Buffon saves.
Dusan Basta whips a cross into the box but it is comfortably claimed by Gianluigi Buffon. The Juve shotstopper is poised to sign a new contract in the coming days.
Half-time substitution for Juventus as Alessandro Matri replaces Sebastian Giovinco. Can he fire the Bianconeri to a second?
The second half is only moments away. Can Juventus extend their lead at the top of Serie A to five points? Let's find out...
Surely we will see Antonio Di Natale at some point in the second half. Udinese have really lacked his movement and hold-up play in the final third. What were your thoughts on that first half? Let me know via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
JUVENTUS 1 - 0 UDINESE. Paul Pogba's thunderbolt separates the teams at the break in what has been a very one-sided half. Juventus have not been at their clinical best with Giovinco and Giaccherini both culpable of missing guilt-edged chances but it is Antonio Conte's side who are in firm control at the half-time mark.
That goal has really lifted the spirits of the home crowd. It really was a magnificent strike which crushed the Udinese resistance. Guidolin must have been hoping his side could cling on until the break.
Goal Paul Pogba
WHAT A GOAL FROM POGBA! The French midfielder seizes on a loose ball 30 yards out and fires an unstoppable swerving effort towards goal which strikes the underside of the crossbar and crashes into the back of the net. What a hit from the 19-year-old!
Yellow Card Giampiero Pinzi
Lazzarri goes into the book after a late challenge on Vidal. No malice in that one, to be fair, he just simply arrived too late to challenge the Chilean.
Juventus continue to search for the opener and they work the ball out wide to De Ceglie but there is no black and white shirt to meet his low cross.
Giaccherini twists and turns on the edge of the box before whipping in a cross which Caceres meets, but the Uruguayan's headed effort flashes narrowly wide of the post.
The home fans are starting to grow restless and Giovinco does not help his side's cause when his freekick is overhit for a goalkick.
Giovinco looks to run at the Udinese defence again but there is no options alongside him and Danilo produces a good block to prevent the striker.
Andrea Lazzarri looks to deliver a cross into the middle for Pereyra, but Caceres is on hand to steer the ball clear of danger.
Giovinco delivers another inviting cross into the penalty area but Bonucci's header loops onto the top of the net.
Juventus win a corner when De Ceglie's cross is deflected behind. From Giovinco's delivery, Pogba's goalbound header flicks off Thomas Heurtaux and out for another corner.
There is a stoppage in play as Danilo receives treatment. It seems that Giovinco's freekick struck him in the head. He should be ok to continue.
No. Giovinco opts for goal but contrives only to strike a man in the wall.
Giovinco goes down under a rash challenge from Giampiero Pinzi. Freekick in a dangerous position here. Can Giovinco replicate his effort against Milan in the Coppa Italia?
A few signs of frustration creeping into the Juventus play. Leonardo Bonucci tries to make things happen with a burst from defence but his through ball runs harmlessly out of play.
Udinese are clearly missing the presence of Antonio Di Natale up front, they just cannot hold onto the ball in the final third of the pitch. Guidolin remonstrates on the sideline.
Injury concern for Juventus as Vucinic looks to shake off a knock to his ankle. The Montenegrin striker has only just recovered from injury.
JUVENTUS SHOULD BE AHEAD! From the freekick, Conte's side launch a devastating counter-attack with Vucinic feeding the ball in behind the defence for Giaccherini but his left-footed shot across goal is saved by the outstretched leg of Padelli. Will Juve rue their early profligacy in front of goal?
Yellow Card Arturo Vidal
Luca Banti produces the first yellow card of the match for Vidal after the Chilean midfielder clips the heels of Pereyra.
All hands to the pump for Francesco Guidolin's side who continue to be swamped by wave after wave of Juventus attacks. Surely a goal is coming soon...
Udinese have Maurizio Domizzi to thank after the defender produces a wonderful block to deny Giovinco. The ball ricochets to Arturo Vidal but his fizzing drive is excellently fingertipped over by Padelli.
Juventus are really turning it on now and they should be in front when Udinese fail to clear Paolo De Ceglie's low cross but Stephan Lichtsteiner cannot quite sort his feet out and he places an effort straight into a mass of blue shirts.
GREAT CHANCE FOR JUVE! Giovinco whips in a brilliant corner from the left but Paul Pogba glances his header narrowly over the crossbar.
Rumoured Juventus target Luis Muriel, who has a goal in each of his last three games, tries his luck on goal from the edge of the box but watches it drift wide of Buffon's left-hand post.
Juventus win a corner when Vucinic's clipped cross is deflected behind but the away defence stand firm to clear Giovinco's set-piece.
Udinese are enjoying a spell of possession to halt the early Juventus storm but they cannot find a way past the Old Lady defence. Antonio Conte's side clearly in control early on.
Giovinco and Vucinic continue to look dangerous in the early moments of the match and they combine again down the right before the Montenegrin striker drags his shot across the face of goal.
Juventus continue to probe early on and when Vucinic plays the ball into Giovinco, the 25-year-old produces a smart turn to evade his marker but he cannot bend a shot into the top corner and Padelli saves.
Very positive start from Juventus who are looking to attack from the first whistle. Sebastian Giovinco tries to feed a ball into the path of Mirko Vucinic, but stand-in goalkeeper Daniele Padelli is off his line quickly to claim.
The sides emerge from the tunnels to a loud roar from the home crowd. It seems there have been late changes to the Udinese line-up. Antonio Di Natale is now deemed not fit enough to start and he takes his place on the bench. Roberto Maximiliano Pereyra starts.
Tonight's showdown is Francesco Guidolin's 500th Serie A match in charge. The 57-year-old Udinese coach has never led a side to a clean sheet against Juventus. Can his defence keep Giovinco and Co. quiet tonight?
The Old Lady have an impressive head-to-head home record against the Zebrette, winning 28 of the 38 previous encounters (W28 D4 L6). Can Antonio Conte's team secure a much-needed three points tonight?
As for Udinese, top goalscorer Antonio Di Natale starts despite having not trained all week and Allan is recalled to the midfield. Mehdi Benatia is away at the 2013 African Cup of Nations with Morocco whilst Daniele Padelli takes the spot between the sticks as a result of a fractured finger to regular goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic
Andrea Pirlo misses out for Juventus but Arturo Vidal has overcome a knock to take his place in the starting line-up. Mirko Vucinic is given the nod up front alongside Sebastian Giovinco.
UDINESE (3-5-2): Padelli; Domizzi, Danilo, Heurtaux; Basta, Lazzarri, Allan, Pinzi, Pasquale; Muriel, Di Natale.
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Buffon; Caceres, Barzagli, Bonucci; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Giaccherini, Pogba, De Ceglie; Giovinco, Vucinic.
Let's bring you up-to-date with tonight's team news...
In the reverse fixture back in September, Juventus cruised to a 4-1 victory with goals from Vidal, Vucinic and Giovinco (2) in a game which also saw Udinese goalkeeper Brkic sent off. Juventus are the only side to have won at the Friuli this season.
One in-form Serie A side face one out-of-form as Udinese travel to Turin, seeking to pour more misery on Juventus, who are yet to win a league match in 2013. Since the winter break, the Old Lady have seen their eight-point lead cut to just two points after Lazio's 2-2 draw away at Palermo earlier this evening. With Napoli also hot on their tails after seeing their two-point deduction overhauled, Antonio Conte knows that his side need to get back to winning ways if they are to regain the Scudetto. Bringing you all the live action from the Juventus Stadium, my name is Max Bentley. Feel free to let me know your thoughts and predictions on the match via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
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