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Serie A

  • October 16, 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 Turin side managed to maintain their unbeaten run, 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 on Sunday afternoon - and could even have beaten Antonio Conte's men but for a controversial call from referee Andrea De Marco.

The whistler broke Flying Donkey hearts when he ruled out a Cyril Thereau strike after adjudging the Frenchman to have fouled Andrea Pirlo in the build up to the 'goal'.

Antonio Conte's men started the match brightly and looked the more dangerous of the two sides.

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, six minutes later, the home side managed to ruffle a few Juve feathers when Sergio Pellissier tested Gianluigi Buffon with a free-kick from distance, which the Italy international failed to deal with at the first attempt.

The game's controversial moment arrived on the 20-minute mark when Thereau found the net for the hosts but saw his effort disallowed after the official had spotted a questionable foul on Pirlo.

And to make matters worse, the striker was also booked for putting the ball away after the whistle had gone.

Afterwards the game's pace dropped and with no further chances created, the sides went into the half-time break level at 0-0.

The game opened up in the second half, however, and Marchisio almost put the visitors ahead with a powerful drive from the edge of box, before substitute Emanuele Giaccherini went close to grabbing his first goal for the Bianconeri 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 official after Pellissier was brought down by Giorgio Chiellini.

In the end, neither side managed to find the goal need to break the deadlock. However, the result ensures that Juventus keep their place at the top of the table with Udinese also failing to win this week.

The Old Lady will be looking to get back to winning ways at home to Genoa next weekend, while Chievo, who will be pleased to taken a point against the Serie A leaders, will hope to continue their impressive start to the season away to Inter.