Saturday April 21, 2012 Day 34 Finished Stadio Marc Antonio Bentegodi

Chievo 0 - 0 Udinese

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  1. Udinese held at Chievo

    Udinese held at Chievo

    Udinese were frustrated by a stubborn Chievo side as the two sides played out a drab 0-0 draw in Serie A on Saturday. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Chievo
    • Udinese
    • 90' Full-time: Chievo 0-0 Udinese. Chievo were the better side, but Handanovic's first-half penalty save ensured that it finished honours even between the two teams.
    • 90+3' That could have been the moment - Floro Flores picks out Di Natale with a peach of a cross from the right, but his strike partner's first-time volley flies over the Chievo goal.
    • 90+1' Four minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match - will either side be able to find a late winner?
    • 90' Chievo seem to be back on top as we approach the 90-minute mark, even though Handanovic has had little to do in this second half.
    • 87' Chievo sub: Paloschi comes off for Franchesco Grandolfo
    • 86' No Udinese player is making their way into the box as Di Natale cuts the ball back just before it runs out of play, and a good chance is wasted for Guidolin's men.
    • 85' Floro Flores attempts to play in Di Natale, but his pass is far too weak. He has had little impact since coming on.
    • 84' Fantastic from Pablo Armero who expertly cuts out a through-ball intended for Di Natale right through the heart of the Chievo defence and Sorrentino can then clear.
    • 83' Thereau gets it all wrong out on the Chievo left as his cross-come-shot is neither really and Handanovic can collect.
    • 82' Udinese sub: Basta comes off for Almen Abdi
    • 81' Chievo sub: Cruzado comes off for Bostjan Cesar
    • 80' Michele Pazienza picks out Antonio Di Natale but the striker mis-times his run, and this time the offside decision is the correct one against the Udinese forward.
    • 78' Nice link-up play sees Cruzado released through the centre, but after taking a touch onto his left, the attempt at goal is charged down.
    • 76' Armero picks out Di Natale in the Chievo box, but the striker gets his foot stuck on top of the ball and he is quickly intercepted.
    • 74' Chievo have responded well to those couple of Di Natale attempts, but Boukary Drame shows his frustration in blazing well over as Udinese block off the forward central route to goal.
    • 71' Sorrentino is called into a smart save at his near post, as Di Natale's outstretched leg sees the Chievo keeper have to get down quickly in palming the ball behind his goal.
    • 69' Chievo sub: Luciano comes off for Paolo Sammarco.
    • 68' Chievo's Luciano breaks down the right, but his cutback is snuffed out as Udinese launch a quick break of their own. The game is flying backwards and forwards but has been bereft of real attacking quality in this half.
    • 66' Di Natale almost gives Udinese the lead, as he holds off his marker and sends a curling effort just wide of Sorrentino's far post. Better from the visitors, and slack defending from the hosts.
    • 64' Armero tries to play in Asamoah but the move breaks down. Udinese having more of the play now, though.
    • 63' Di Natale registers Udinese's first shot on target of the half with a curling 35 yard free-kick attempt which Sorrentino always had covered, as he got his body behind the ball travelling just off-centre.
    • 61' Luciano robs the ball deep in Udinese's defending third, but the cross is overhit as he fails to capitalise on the opportunity that he originally created.
    • 59' Di Natale's corner from the left fails to beat the first man at Chievo's near post and the hosts are able to advance out.
    • 58' Udinese sub: Barreto comes off for Antonio Floro Flores
    • 58' The ball is clipped through for Di Natale to run onto, but the Udinese striker is adjudged to have mis-timed his run forward. Yet replays show he was onside.
    • 57' Paloschi finds himself in some space, but his turn and shot is charged down from outside the Udinese box.
    • 56' Cyril Thereau does well to win the corner off Fernandes for Chievo, but they fail to test Handanovic from that set-piece.
    • 54' The game has lacked real quality since the restart - a draw will not do Udinese any favours, and they have looked second best thus far in this contest.
    • 53' Now it's Dusan Basta who requires treatment but he looks fine to continue.
    • 51' Udinese struggling to just string two or three passes together in this half, as Cruzado receives treatment from the Chievo physio following a heavy Benatia challenge.
    • 48' Chievo have started the second-half just like they did the first, and don't appear disheartened from that penalty miss - Paloshi and Cruzado link up, with the latter's bouncing effort travelling just wide of Handanovic's goal.
    • 46' Udinese get us back underway for the second-half.
    • 45' Half-time: Chievo 0-0 Udinese
    • 45' Bradley's ball into the Udinese box flies into the grateful hands of Handanovic - one minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the half.
    • 44' PENALTY SAVED BY HANDANOVIC! The Udinese keeper produces brilliant reflexes to deny Thereau from the spot, with a flying save to his right and, in the ensuing melee, manages to punch clear as Paloschi looked to get something on the ball. Udinese hanging on in there.
    • 43' PENALTY FOR CHIEVO! Cyril Thereau is brought down by Handanovic after Bradley robs the ball off of Mehdi Benatia and feeds the winger through on goal.
    • 41' An early Udinese change: Andrea Coda comes off for Ekstrand
    • 40' Gelson Fernandes becomes the first player to be booked for a late challenge on Luciano.
    • 39' Another couple of good chances for Chievo and Udinese have their goalkeeper to thank for the score remaining at 0-0. Having beaten away a Bradley drive, Handanovic then shows brilliant reflexes to expertly turn a low Cruzado shot around his far post.
    • 37' For the first time in the match, Chievo's Alberto Paloschi finds himself in space. He turns and proceeds to dart forward, but the Italian striker drags his low shot wide of Handanovic's goal from the edge of the penalty area.
    • 35' Chievo win a free-kick out on the right flank. Bradley delivers deep into the Udinese penalty area, but Dainelli gets his head under the ball and in the end only succeeds in doing the defensive clearing job for the visitors.
    • 32' Chievo's Thereau whips in a delivery from the right, and Handanovic is adjudged to have collected the ball behind his goalline and so the hosts get the corner. But Bradley's delivery swings out from the box, evading his teammates.
    • 31' More terrible diving scenes - this time from Pablo Armero in his own penalty box.
    • 30' Chievo have been pressing Udinese high up the field but that tactic almost backfires, as the visitors break through a neat interchange between Pablo Armero and Kwadwo Asamoah but the ball doesn't fall kindly for the latter to apply the finish.
    • 27' Bradley beats his man and manages to fashion a cross from out on the left, but his delivery is overhit and travels out for a Udinese goal-kick.
    • 25' Chievo's Cruzado plays the ball through to Luciano, darting into the box, but his cutback falls short and Udinese remove the danger.
    • 24' Michele Pazienza attempts to hook the ball over the top for Barreto to chase, but the Chievo defence are well-marshalled once more and they are able to clear.
    • 23' Barreto strays marginally offside as he looked to break the Chievo defensive line with the ball being played in-behind by Dusan Basta.
    • 21' Cruzado and Bradley combine on their way into the Udinese box, with the latter receiving the ball back and falling under an apparent challenge. However, replays clearly show that he had looked for the penalty.
    • 18' Mehdi Benatia raises an arm and catches Chievo's Cruzado in the face but no card, or free-kick for that matter, is awarded.
    • 16' After a hectic opening ten minutes or so, things have calmed down slightly and Udinese are beginning to control possession. Barretto selfishly attempts a strike at goal from a tight angle with Di Natale having made his way into the Chievo box.
    • 13' Once more Barreto's incisive through-ball intended for Di Natale is snuffed out by the Chievo backline.
    • 12' Acerbi again gets to the ball first ahead of Di Natale, and his header back to Chievo keeper Sorrentino allows him to gather and relieve the pressure.
    • 11' Another close chance for Chievo and Bradley is involved once more. This time he whips in a corner from the right, but Dainelli sends his header wide of the Udinese goal having met the ball with conviction.
    • 9' End to end stuff now as Francesco Acerbi is called on to make a potentially goal-saving tackle to deny Di Natale from getting a shot away at Sorrentino's goal.
    • 8' Udinese win a free-kick out on the right, but Antonio Di Natale's delivery into the box is cleared out of harm's way by Chievo.
    • 7' Rinaldo Cruzado is now the latest Chievo player to try his shooting from range, but his effort flies well over as the hosts begin this match on the front foot.
    • 6' Chievo's Michael Bradley rattles the Udinese post with a crashing drive from 25 yards, that came out of nothing but after the Udinese defenders had backed off Bradley.
    • 4' Dario Dainelli attempts an audacious 30-yard effort, but it flies well over Handanovic's goal.
    • 3' Chievo are the team applying the early pressure and they've won the first corner of the match, but are unable to test Handanovic in the Udinese goal.
    • 1' Chievo get us underway kicking from left to right.
    • 16:58 There is now one minute's applause with both teams united in linking arms - it marks the first round of Serie A fixtures scheduled since Morosini passed away.
    • 16:57 And as we approach kick-off, both teams make their way out onto the pitch - all Udinese players are wearing t-shirts with the image of Piermario Morisini emblazoned on the front, who tragically died last week.
    • 16:50 Antonio Di Natale has already scored 4 goals in Serie A vs Chievo, 2 of which have come in his last 3 appearances against them, according to OptaPaolo
    • 16:45 Team News... Chievo (4-3-2-1): Sorrentino; Frey, Dainelli, Acerbi, Drame; Luciano, Rigoni, Bradley; Thereau, Cruzado; Paloschi. Subs: Puggioni, Andreolli, Cesar, Hetemaj, Sammarco, Vacek, Grandolfo /// Udinese (3-5-2): Handanovic; Benatia, Danilo, Coda; Basta, Fernandes, Pazienza, Asamoah, Armero; Di Natale, Barreto. Subs: Padelli, Neuton, Pasquale, Pereyra, Abdi, Torje, Floro Flores.
    • 16:42 Chievo’s last 4 goals in the league against Udinese have been scored in the last 20 minutes of play, according to OptaPaolo
    • 16:40 But Francesco Guidolin's men will find it tough to secure victory against a resilient Chievo side who have recently posted impressive victories over Fiorentina and Catania, and were unlucky to be on the receiving end of a narrow 1-0 defeat to title chasers AC Milan last time out. They currently sit ninth in Serie A.
    • 16:35 A win for Udinese today will see the visitors go level on 54 points with third-placed Lazio in the race for the final Champions League qualification spot, and give them further breathing space away from the likes of Roma, Napoli and Inter Milan who make up the rest of the chasing pack.
    • 16:30 Hello and welcome to live text coverage of this late afternoon's Serie A clash between Chievo and Udinese.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' That could have been the moment - Floro Flores picks out Di Natale with a peach of a cross from the right, but his strike partner's first-time volley flies over the Chievo goal.
    • 71' Sorrentino is called into a smart save at his near post, as Di Natale's outstretched leg sees the Chievo keeper have to get down quickly in palming the ball behind his goal.
    • 66' Di Natale almost gives Udinese the lead, as he holds off his marker and sends a curling effort just wide of Sorrentino's far post. Better from the visitors, and slack defending from the hosts.
    • 44' PENALTY SAVED BY HANDANOVIC! The Udinese keeper produces brilliant reflexes to deny Thereau from the spot, with a flying save to his right and, in the ensuing melee, manages to punch clear as Paloschi looked to get something on the ball. Udinese hanging on in there.
    • 43' PENALTY FOR CHIEVO! Cyril Thereau is brought down by Handanovic after Bradley robs the ball off of Mehdi Benatia and feeds the winger through on goal.
    • 39' Another couple of good chances for Chievo and Udinese have their goalkeeper to thank for the score remaining at 0-0. Having beaten away a Bradley drive, Handanovic then shows brilliant reflexes to expertly turn a low Cruzado shot around his far post.
    • 37' For the first time in the match, Chievo's Alberto Paloschi finds himself in space. He turns and proceeds to dart forward, but the Italian striker drags his low shot wide of Handanovic's goal from the edge of the penalty area.
    • 30' Chievo have been pressing Udinese high up the field but that tactic almost backfires, as the visitors break through a neat interchange between Pablo Armero and Kwadwo Asamoah but the ball doesn't fall kindly for the latter to apply the finish.
    • 11' Another close chance for Chievo and Bradley is involved once more. This time he whips in a corner from the right, but Dainelli sends his header wide of the Udinese goal having met the ball with conviction.
    • 6' Chievo's Michael Bradley rattles the Udinese post with a crashing drive from 25 yards, that came out of nothing but after the Udinese defenders had backed off Bradley.
    • 16:45 Team News... Chievo (4-3-2-1): Sorrentino; Frey, Dainelli, Acerbi, Drame; Luciano, Rigoni, Bradley; Thereau, Cruzado; Paloschi. Subs: Puggioni, Andreolli, Cesar, Hetemaj, Sammarco, Vacek, Grandolfo /// Udinese (3-5-2): Handanovic; Benatia, Danilo, Coda; Basta, Fernandes, Pazienza, Asamoah, Armero; Di Natale, Barreto. Subs: Padelli, Neuton, Pasquale, Pereyra, Abdi, Torje, Floro Flores.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Chievo

    Manager: Domenico Di Carlo

  • Udinese

    Manager: Francesco Guidolin

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