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21 December 2011
• Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
Referee: P. Tagliavento
• Attendance: 28588
90' + 4'
And that's it. The referee blows for full time. 0-0 is the final score here at the Friuli.
90' + 2'
In the second minute of stoppage time, Guidolin has been sent to the stands!
Paolo De Ceglie
Estigarribia looks for Pirlo on the edge of the Udinese area, but his pass is poor, and the Zebrette go on a counter-attack. Floro Flores skips past the challenege of Vidal, and once 30m from goal, gives the ball to Di Natale on the left-hand side. He cuts inside and shoots, but the shot is poor and goes well wide.
Antonio Floro Flores
Pirlo finds Del Piero on the left-hand side of the box. And after a few twists and turns, the veteran striker eventually finds Lichtsteiner on the far right of the box. The Swiss international's first touch though is poor, and his eventual shot is both rushed and very poor.
And Quagliarella should have done a lot better there. A ball is played through for the former Udinese man, and from just outside the box, he shoots on the half-turn, first time, straight at Handanovic.
Asamoah goes a great run from the left, into the centre of the park. But his run is stopped firmly once he enters the box by Barzagli.
Alessandro Del Piero
Armero nicks the ball off of Pepe's foot, and goes on a long, surging run down the left. He passes the halfway line, and then, 30m from the byline, looks to play the ball infield to Di Natale. Chiellini though, comes charging out from the back, and heads the ball away back over the halfway line.
And straight up the other end, Marchisio fouls Isla right in the centre of the pitch, 25m from goal. Di Natale's shot though, is poor, and Buffon saves really rather easily.
Quagliarella, with his first touch almost, fires a bullet of a shot, just wide of Handanovic's right-hand post.
Di Natale goes down in the area, but the referee waves him to his feet, and probably says "get up you fool".
Udinese have, I think, their first shot on goal. It's rubbish though, as Asamoah strikes it from 25m, low to Buffon's left and the Italian 'keeper saves easily.
It's Armero's turn now to put in a deep cross, but just like Hnadanovic, Buffon comes out and gathers the ball with ease.
Lichtsteiner, playing as a wing-back tonight, puts in his first meaningful cross of the game, only for Handanovic to come and gather the ball with ease.
On the right-hand side of the box, Matri looks for the late run of Pepe, but Danilo blocks the pass and the ball goes out for a throw in.
Udinese go on a counter-attack, but Abdi picks the wrong pass, and, with Armero checking his run, the ball goes out for a throw in.
Pirlo is penalised for a handball, and Udinese have another free kick around the 30m mark. Again, Di Natale whips in a great ball, but no one is on the end of it, and the ball runs away for a goal kick.
A free kick from Di Natale around 30m out, finds the head of Danilo, who heads straight at Buffon, and the big Italina 'keeper tips the ball over the bar.
A stunning ball from Pepe finds Matri inside the box, but some even better defending from Ferronetti dispossesses Matri, and Udinese clear.
Pepe steps inside from the left, and unleashes a rasping shot right at goal. The ball is moving all the time, but unfortunately it also moves past the left-hand post.
OHHH. That is a great save from Handanovic. A corner comes in from the right-hand side, and Chiellini manages to get a head on it from just past the six yard line. Handanovic though, gets down well, and saves magnificently.
@ilbocc thinks that Juve are coping brilliantly with Di Natale, but that if they take their off him for one minute, Udinese will be the victors tonight.
Yellow CardMauricio Isla
Vidal dispossesses Pinzi in the middle of the park with what looks like a foul, but the referee says play on, and Juventus go upfield and try to counter-attack. The attack culminates though, with a poor touch from Matri just outside the area, and Udinese clear.
Udinese are actually kicking from left-to-right. And their first kicks from left-to-right, end with Armero putting in a cross from the left which is overhit.
Here wo go then. The second half starts with Udinese kicking from right-to-left.
There's no two ways of putting it: that was a really quite awful first half. Juventus have matched Udinese player for player, and have come out the better side so far. It's been an interesting tactical battle is the politest thing I can say so far. As always, if you completely disagree with what I've just said, do let me know @alexjmott.
And that's it. The referee blows for half time, and the scoreline here at the Stadio Friuli is 0-0.
Yellow CardArturo Vidal
A brilliant ball down the right for Basta ends in embarrassment, as Di Natale goes for it instead, and the flag is raised for offside. A really basic mistake from the veteran there.
Yellow CardGiampiero Pinzi
Pinzi, well, hacks, Pepe down on the halfway line, and a free kick is given. That was cynical to say the least.
Yellow CardDušan Basta
Basta trips Estigarribia on the left-hand side of the area, and a free kick is given in a dangerous position. Pirlo whips the ball in, and Chiellini, with a deft flick, almost catches out Handanovic, but the 'keeper makes himself big, and saves brilliantly.
Vidal takes the ball down on his chest, 30m from goal, and tries his luck on the half volley. It's a weak shot though, and Handanovic saves easily.
And Marchisio almost opens the scoring. Again, the Italian is on the edge of the area, and once again, his curled shot goes agonisingly past Handanovic's left-hand post.
Pinzi finds Abdi on the right hand side. He plays the ball infield for Asamoah, but a wall of Juve defenders blocks his path, and the ball is eventually cleared.
Estigarribia goes on a marvellous run down the left, but the ball is poked from under his feet, and Handanovic picks up the loose ball.
Pepe, again wide on the right, whips in a fantastic ball to the far post, but Estigarribia can't quite get on the end of it, and the ball runs away for a throw in.
A free kick which finds Pepe wide on the right. He slips infield, and plays in Lichtsteiner who turns his marker in the box, but fires over from a tight angle.
Pinzi fouls Pirlo almost on halfway, and Juventus have a free kick.
Armero slips Di Natale through, but the veteran striker is given offside.
Domizzi makes a complete hash of his clearance after a poor through-ball from Vidal, and Juventus have a throw in, instead of the ball in their own half.
Pirlo clips a ball over the Udinese defence, and Matri races past Ferronetti to get the ball. His touch is poor though, and the the Udinese defence regroup, and clear.
A one-two between Matri and Pepe ends up with the former being upended by Domizzi just outside the box. No free kick os given though, and Matri isn't too happy about it.
Again, the corner's a complete waste of everyone's time.
Marchisio's fouled by Isla in the inside left position, and a free kick is given. The subsequent ball from Pirlo is fired into the box, but a Udinese defender heads over for a corner.
Juventus have kept the ball for the past three minutes without anything actually happening.
10 minutes have gone, and it's clear that Juventus have gone man-for-man with Udinese, playing with three central defenders and wing-backs. It's an interesting tactical move from Conte, but can he pull it off?
Good save from Handanovic. Matri finds Pepe around 25m from goal, and the former Udinese man strikes it straight at goal, only for Handanovic to save solidly.
OHHH. And Marchisio has a wonderful chance to make it 1-0, but misses. A square ball from Estigarribia comes to Marchisio on the edge of the area, and the Italian international strikes it first time with the outside of his left foot, only to see his shot go wide of the post.
The corner from Pirlo is genuinly atrocious and comes to nothing.
A long ball from Marchisio finds Pepe inside the area, but he can't quite get a shot away as Danilo clears the ball out for a corner.
And it's Juventus with the first attack of the game. Pepe, in the centre of the park, twists and turns past Pinzi, but is eventualy dispossessed.
And straight away, I notice that Floro Flores is actually Abdi.
Here we go then. Juventus, in that dreadful pink get-up, kick off, playing from left-to-right.
Kick off is in just under 10 minutes, and the atmosphere here at the Stadio Friuli is absolutely electric. Do not go anywhere!
As always, if you have any thoughts on tonight's game, or any comments about Serie A this season, then don't hesitate to contact over on Twitter @alexjmott.
It promises to be an absolute cracker here at the Stadio Friuli tonight. Udinese are unbeaten at home so far in this campaign, whilst Juventus are unbeaten anywhere. Juventus, for my money, have been the most exciting team to watch in Serie A this season with Matri and Pepe banging in the goals. But those goalscoring exploits could be put to the test tonight, as Udinese have only conceded two goals at the Friuli this term.
And Juventus: (4-3-3) Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal; Estigarribia, Pepe, Matri.
The line-ups have been announced, and they've certainly thrown up a few surprises. Udinese: (3-5-2) Handanovic; Danilo, Domizzi, Ferronetti; Isla, Asamoah, Pinzi, Basta, Armero; Floro Flores, Di Natale.
Afternoon everyone, and welcome to Goal.com's live, play-by-play coverage of Udinese vs Juventus. I'm Alex Mott, and I'll be your commentator today for this mouth-watering Serie A clash.
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