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1 December 2013
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: G. Calvarese
• Attendance: 32279
That's all from me for this evening guys and girls. Juve struck at the death to go three points clear in Serie A. How vital that goal from Llorente could prove to be by the end of the season! We shall see! Goodnight everyone.
FULL-TIME: JUVENTUS 1--0 UDINESE - A neat header from Llorente in the dying stages secured all three points for the hosts, which takes them above Roma and into first place in Serie A. Brkic had made a string of sublime stops to keep out the Bianconeri before their late breakthrough, while Buffon had to be at his best once or twice to keep out Di Natale.
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And there is the final whistle! Juve take all three points in Turin.
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That close-range header from Llorente looks set to give the Bianconeri all three points at the Juventus Stadium, which will take them three above Roma at the top of Serie A.
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FINALLY JUVENTUS TAKE THE LEAD!! Llorente gets his head on a mishit strike from Lichtsteiner to divert the ball past Brkic and into the bottom corner. The Old Lady go in front so late in the game!
VITAL INTERVENTION FROM ALLAN! The crowd holds its breath as Llorente hangs in the air to meet Vidal's corner from the right, but the Spaniard's downward header is cleared away off the line by an alert Allan.
GREAT SAVE FROM BRKIC! The Udinese shot-stopper tips a rasping effort from Quagliarella round his left-hand post to keep the score level.
TEVEZ CURLS THE FREE KICK OVER! The diminutive Argentine whacks the set piece a yard over the top right corner as Brkic's cleansheet remains intact for the time being.
Juve have a free kick in a delicious position after Silva clearly catches Vidal 20 yards from Brkic's goal. What an opportunity for the hosts!
Into the final 10 minutes we fly, with the score still goalless. Do either of these sides have anything left in the tank to find a late winner and steal all three points?
Yet another block from Domizzi keeps Juventus at bay. The centre-back throws out his left leg to stop Vidal's fizzing effort as it looked to find the bottom right corner of Brkic's goal.
Quagliarella's first touch is with his hands and he is promptly shown a yellow card. He threw his arms in front of his face to block the ball there, the vain Italian.
Yellow CardFabio Quagliarella
And there is a change for the Old Lady. The former Udinese striker Fabio Quagliarella replaces De Sceglie in an attacking switch for the home side.
Paolo De Ceglie
STAT: Unlike today Juventus have scored at least two goals in their last six home matches in Serie A.
Tevez and Llorente have started nine of Juventus' last 10 games but they have failed to find a breakthrough in 75 minutes at the Juventus Stadium. Conte must be considering changes as the game heads towards its conclusion.
Badu has made a good impact for Guidolin's team since his introduction on the hour-mark. The attacker has made some decent challenges and drawn a couple of free kicks from Marchisio and Pogba.
STAT: Udinese have only scored four times away from home all season but they have looked the more likely to do so since the break in this game.
Basta smashes a shot into the side netting after the ball sat up nicely for him on the edge of the box. Buffon never looked concerned about that effort though, from his calm expression it looks like he always knew it was going wide.
Brkic spills a header from De Sceglie straight into the path of Llorente but the former Athletic Bilbao man cannot react quickly enough to divert the ball goalwards and Udinese's goalkeeper is able to collapse onto it and steal it up in his arms.
De Sceglie rifles a cross onto the roof netting from the left after drifting in from the wing. The pass prompts a heart-in-mouth moment for the impressive Brkic, who did not expect the ball to end up where it did.
GREAT SAVE FROM BUFFON!! The Juventus goalkeeper is keeping his side level at the moment! After denying Di Natale a few minutes ago he has just pulled off a brilliant stop to keep out Lazzari's swerving effort from 20 yards.
Udinese make their first change of the game as Emmanuel Badu is introduced at Fernandes's expense.
Basta has put in a shift on the right side of Udinese's midfield this evening. The Serb has been pegged back to help out defensively, and his latest involvement is to enrage De Sceglie with some dogged persistence in tracking the Italian.
Conte makes his second change of the evening as Stephen Lichtsteiner replaces Padoin at right wing-back.
Pogba makes me look silly by gliding past a couple of challenges inside the centre circle and then spraying a super pass out to the right.
Another poor throughball, this time from Llorente, stops a Juventus attack in its tracks. The Bianconeri have been disappointing in this second half, with Udinese looking on top since the interval.
Pogba has looked a bit off the pace since replacing Pirlo 15 minutes into this game. The 20-year-old has just underhit a pass to Marchisio before failing to intercept a lazy pass out of defence by Domizzi.
BRILLIANT DOUBLE STOP FROM BUFFON! The Italy No.1 parries a fierce cross from the right away but it falls right at the feet of Di Natale. The experienced striker hammers a shot towards the bottom left corner but before it can get there a strong Buffon arm flies out to deflect it away. That second save in particular was superb.
That set piece is duly wasted by Tevez though, as he fails to clear the first man, which on this occasion is Basta – and the Serbian midfielder is able to comfortably head the ball away.
Hernades brings down Chiellini with a robust attempt at a tackle and Juventus have a free kick over on the left-hand side.
Llorente appears to know he was a bit badly behaved there as he has since tried to find Tevez with a couple of passes when there were definitely better options elsewhere.
LET'S HEAR A NAME! Llorente plucks a cross out of the sky just as Tevez was preparing to thump the ball at goal on the penalty spot. The Argentine looked distraught that his strike partner intercepted that cross, as he was in a lot of space just a yard or so away.
Early chance for Juve in the second half as De Sceglie whips a cross towards the near post and only a vital touch from Domizzi takes the ball away from the lurking Llorente.
Udinese get the second half underway at the Juventus Stadium...
We've got the second half of this finely-poised Serie A clash coming right up!
HALF-TIME: JUVENTUS 0-0 UDINESE - It is all square at the break at the Juventus Stadium after a half that the hosts have dominated, but without causing Brkic in the Udinese goal too much trouble. One super save from the Serb denied Tevez in the ninth minute, but Conte may consider changes in the not-too-distant future, though he has used one substitute already, with Pirlo having to be replaced by Pogba because of injury.
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And there is a yellow card for Llorente for that foul. In fairness it looked like he was trying to block a clearance but he did catch the Udinese right-back after he had played the ball forward.
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Yellow CardFernando Llorente
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Llorente crashes into Heurtaux on the left and the referee has a decision to make here. The Udinese team are calling for serious action against the Spaniard, with Heurtaux down and looking to be in a fair amount of pain.
The fourth official signals for two minutes of added time at the Juventus Stadium.
Vidal tries to scoop a pass over the Udinese defence after a promising move down the right, but once again the away team's defenders stand tall and hack the ball away.
Yellow CardThomas Heurtaux
The Italy international plays it short to Tevez, he wriggles past a couple of challenges before slipping a pass into Chiellini, but the ungainly centre-back cannot spin and get a shot off on goal due to the close attention of Danilo.
Tevez wants a free kick after a foul by Heurtaux and it is quite understandable as the Frenchman clearly blocked off the forward's run as he looked to get in behind on the left. The referee agrees with him, and Marchisio lines up the resulting set piece.
STAT: Juventus have enjoyed 65% of possession and completed nearly twice as many as their opponents' 122 passes, but the score remains 0-0 as we head into the final five minutes of the first half.
Brkic punches the ball away from danger after Llorente's effort flicked off the legs of Domizzi and looped towards the onrushing Marchisio at the back post.
TEVEZ SMASHES A SHOT WIDE! The Argentine thunders past Danilo on the right side of the box and sends a thumping cross/shot across the face of Brkic's goal, but no Juve players are able to connect with the effort and divert it past the Serbian goalkeeper.
The left wrist of Chiellini catches Basta in the side of the face, and the blonde-haired attacker crumples to the floor despite the minimal contact. Nevertheless Udinese are awarded a free kick.
Chiellini goes for goal from the edge of the Udinese box, but Heurtaux is there to throw his body in front of the strike as it arrows towards goal. The away side are defending in numbers and it is clearly frustrating the hosts as we edge towards half-time.
STAT: Juventus have won their last five games in Serie A without conceding a goal.
Juve continue to push Udinese high up the pitch but they have only forced Brkic into a single save in this first half, when he kept out Tevez's stinging effort in the ninth minute.
DI NATALE SHOULD PASS!! The instinctive striker tries to lob Buffon from 15 yards after racing onto a sloppy Bonucci backpass, but the Italian goalkeeper was equal to the effort as he tipped it up into the air before gathering the ball. Pereyra had been streaming into the area to support Di Natale, but the experienced forward only had one thing in his mind there.
Di Natale cuts a lonely figure upfront for the away side. The talented Italian rejected overtures from Juventus a few seasons ago, and on the balance of play in this first half he may well slightly regret that decision.
More good defending from Silva thwarts the Old Lady, as he steals the ball away from Llorente as the Juventus attacker looked to burst into the penalty area.
Vidal, clearly brimming with confidence following his midweek hat-trick against Copenhagen, attempts an audacious volley after the ball bounced up to him following a heavy control. The end result is in stark contrast to Wednesday evening though, as the ball balloons high into the stands.
FINE TACKLE FROM SILVA! The Brazilian full-back sprints back to nick the ball away from Vidal on the edge of his own box, just as the enigmatic midfielder looked set to pull back the trigger and hammer a shot towards goal.
Tevez has been everywhere for Juventus in the opening 20 minutes here. The former Manchester City star has been tracking back to win the ball, splitting the Udinese defence with passes to his team-mates, and haing a couple of shots on goal himself.
Pogba scored two outrageous goals against Udinese last time Guidolin's side visited the Juventus Stadium in Serie A, back in January. It would be great to see him score a similar effort this evening!
NEARLY A SUMPTUOUS GOAL FROM JUVE! Llorente did brilliantly to control a cross from the right, hold off a couple of challenges, and then roll the ball into the path of Tevez, but the Argentine's first-time effort with his left dribbled just wide of the left-hand post.
STAT: Juventus have been winning at both half time and full time in their last three matches against Udinese in all competitions. (via WhoScored.com)
Pirlo's involvement in this game is over as he has to make way for Pogba after picking up an injury during that clash with Lazzari earlier on. Just the 15 minutes rest for Pogba then.
Fernandes tries to flick the ball through the legs of Giorgio Chiellini but the wise old centre-back is having none of it as he calmly controls the ball and strides out of defence.
AMBITIOUS FROM PEREYRA! Udinese's Argentine attacker tries his luck from a long way out on the half volley and his effort is not even close to troubling Buffon in the Juve goal.
There were a few raised eyebrows at Marchisio's inclusion at the expense of the in-form Pogba this evening, but the Italy international has started this game superbly, producing a number of exquisite touches in the first 12 minutes.
The visitors are doing their damnedest to trouble Juve on the left-hand side and are looking to the likes of Fernandes and the overlapping Silva to test Barzagli on his return from injury.
MARVELLOUS STOP FROM BRKIC! The Serbian goalkeeper flings out a solid left hand to keep out a venomous strike from Tevez after the Argentine had been set up brilliantly by Marchisio on the edge of the box.
STAT: Juventus are undefeated in 72 of their last 78 matches in Serie A. Not shabby at all!
Udinese threaten for the first time after a neat move down the left. The ball is eventually teed up for Allan by Basta, but the midfielder's effort swings a couple of yards high and wide of Gianluigi Buffon's goal.
Worrying signs for the Old Lady as Pirlo goes down clutching his right leg after falling victim to a crunching challenge from Lazzari. The midfielder is helped on to his feet, but the Italian stallion is moving fairly gingerly as he goes off to receive further treatment.
Another vital interception from Danilo stops Tevez from pouncing on a pass from the left. The Brazilian has been in the right place at the right time twice already for his team.
Vidal climbs all over Maurizio Domizzi after a quick attacking move down the left from the hosts. It was all instigated by another neat flick from Llorente, with the Spain international having made a bright start to the game in Turin.
Llorente receives a forward pass from Barzagli in space 35 yards from goal and he immediately tries to play in his strike-partner Tevez. The ball is intercepted by an alert Danilo though and Udinese are able to clear the ball away.
The hosts get the game started through Vidal and Tevez...
Two sections of the ground had been closed off at the Juventus Stadium because of discriminatory chanting in recent fixtures, but Juve have taken a novel approach to that by opening the sections up to a younger generation of fans, hence the earlier kick-off today.
Not long to go now before kick-off, let's hope it is a cracker!
Juve are fresh from a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Copenhagen in the Champions League, a game which saw Arturo Vidal score a fine hat-trick which takes him to 10 goals in all competitions this season.
Guidolin's team have made an inconsistent start to the 2013/14 Serie A season, having failed to win back-to-back games and losing four of their last six fixtures. In their last league game though, they beat fifth-placed Fiorentina 1-0, so will no doubt take confident from that result coming into this game.
UDINESE TEAM NEWS: The visitors line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Bruno Fernandez, Roberto Pereyra and Dusan Basta supporting Antonio Di Natale in attack. Allan Marques and Andrea Lazzzari anchor the midfield for Francesco Guidolin's side.
JUVENTUS TEAM NEWS: Somewhat surprisingly Paul Pogba, who has been a powerhouse in midfield for the Bianconeri this season, starts on the bench, with Claudio Marchisio preferred ahead of the young Frenchman. Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez start together upfront, while Andrea Barzagli returns to the starting XI after a spell on the sidelines. Kwadwo Asamoah misses out for the home side through suspension.
SUBS: Widmer, Douglas, Lopez, Jadson, Bubnjic, Naldo, Kelava, Maicosuel, Zielinski, Pinzi
UDINESE (4-2-3-1): Brkic; Heurtaux, Danilo, Domizzi, Silva; Lazzari, Allan; Fernandes, Pereyra, Basta; Di Natale
SUBS: Storari, Rubinho, Motta, Lichtsteiner, Caceres, Ogbonna, Peluso, Pogba, Quagliarella, Vucinic
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Padoin, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Ceglie; Tevez, Llorente
The teams are out, so let's have a quick look at those before the game gets underway over in Turin...
The hosts need just a point to leapfrog Roma and regain top spot in Serie A, but they will be gunning for all three after Rudi Garcia's could only labour to a 1-1 draw against Atalanta this afternoon. Udinese, meanwhile, could move into the top 10 with a victory today.
Good evening one and all and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Serie A clash between Juventus and Udinese at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. My name is Charlie Scott and I'll be providing you with colour and potentially insightful updates from the match as it unfolds.
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