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Serie A

  • December 21, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • 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 went level on points with AC Milan at the top of 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 Handanovic into action for the first time on 10 minutes with a well-struck effort from 25 yards out which the goalkeeper could only parry away.

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 Handanovic 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 Handanovic 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 forward 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 Handanovic 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 level on points with AC Milan, but technically below the Rossoneri on goal difference. Udinese, meanwhile, remain third, three points adrift of the co-leaders.