Saturday January 28, 2012 Day 20 Finished Juventus Stadium

Juventus 2 - 1 Udinese

  • Matri 42’, 62’
  • Floro Flores 56’

  1. Juventus beat Udinese to extend lead

    Juventus beat Udinese to extend lead

    Round-up: Juventus opened up a four-point gap at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 win over title rivals Udinese. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Juventus
    • Udinese
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes and Juventus go four points clear at the top of Serie A! Let's see how Milan respond tomorrow when they face Cagliari!
    • 90+2' Di Natale is booked for having an argument with the referee that only served to waste his own team's time.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played. Can Udinese salvage a point here?
    • 90' Matri wins a free-kick in the Udinese half. Pirlo takes it short and it's played into the corner.
    • 89' Armero has been in the wars throughout this match, and it is no surprise to see him go into the book.
    • 87' Udinese are only one goal down, but they are playing as though this match is already over. Guidolin's second and third substitutions have had little effect.
    • 85' Udinese substitution: Roberto Pereyra repalces Isla.
    • 84' From Infostrada: "Matri scored 2 vs Udinese. This leaves Novara as the only current SerieA club that Matri has not scored against in A."
    • 82' Juventus substitution: Paolo de Ceglie repalces Lichsteiner.
    • 81' The snow is really cvoming down now. The players must all be watching the stadium clock tick down whenever they don't have the ball!
    • 79' If they do win, Milan will have to beat Cgliari at home tomorrow in order to return the gap at the top to just a single point. Serie A table
    • 77' Juventus are on course to register their 50th Seire A win over Udinese.
    • 75' Udinese coming back into the game now after that dominant spell from Juve. Di Natale almost has the ball on a plate for him in the six-yard box but the home side scramble it clear.
    • 73' Udinese substitution: Cristian Battocchio replaces Domizzi.
    • 71' Pirlo is proficient and swinging in dangerous free-kicks, though, and his latest one causes more problems in the box before the ball ends up in Handanovic's arms.
    • 69' Pirlo has a copupel of strikes from long range in quick succession. The second was better than the first, but they were both poor.
    • 67' Udinese's heads appear to have dropped since that second Matri goal.
    • 65' Juve have their tails up now, and they are playing some neat combinations around the edge of the Udinese box.
    • 63' Juventus substitution: Simone Pepe replace Estigarribia.
    • 62' GOAL!! JUVENTUS 2-1 UDINESE!! Marchisio makes an instant impact! He guides Vidal's cross into Matri's path with an exquisite touch and the striker fires past Handanovic for his second of the game!
    • 61' Juventus substitution: Claudio Marchisio replaces Quagliarella.
    • 60' Great chance for Di Natale as the ball is fired low and hard across the box and it canons off the striker and over the bar!
    • 59' Matri wins a header that loops into the air and Giaccherini's volley is blocked.
    • 58' Juventus’ last home defeat was back in March against AC Milan.
    • 56' That is only Floro Flores's second goal of the season, but it's a big one!
    • 55' GOAL!! JUVENTUS 1-1 UDINESE!! Great break from the visitors after a poor pass from Barzagli. Isla coems through the middle and plays in Floro Flores on the left. The substitute bends a lovely finish around Buffon and into the net!
    • 54' Udinese on the attack now and Di Natale fires wide of Buffon's goal with a solid strike!
    • 53' Udinese head the corner clear but Isla's stray pass gifts possession back to Juve. Vidal thunders a cracking long-range strike from range that flies just the wrong side of the upright!
    • 52' The veteran midfielder clips his free-kick off the wall. Corner to Juve.
    • 51' Juve win a free-kick in an ideal position for Pirlo to try and curl a strike on goal...
    • 50' Quagliarella bends a good ball to the far post but Estigarribia can't steer it back on target with an outstretched boot.
    • 49' Udinese still set up to hit their rivals on the break. Floro Flores may not have many opportunitites to have an influence on this game.
    • 48' Juve start the second half as they finished the first, with the majrity of the possession.
    • 46' Juve kick off and the second half is underway!
    • HT Udinese substitution: Antonio Floro Flores replaces Abdi.
    • 45' The whistle is blown for half-time, and Juve probably just about deserve to be in front.
    • 43' How Matri needed that. His eighth league goal of the season is only his second since the end of November. questions have been asked of Matri in recent weeks. Can he build on this goal now?
    • 42' GOAL!! JUVE 1-0 UDINESE!! Quagliarella glances a header on target at the near post and Handanovic can only palm the ball into the path of Matri who prods home from close range!
    • 41' Di Natale delivers and Lichsteiner clatters into the hoardings as he wins the race with Pinzi to get to the loose ball.
    • 40' This time the Colombian does win a foul, off Quagliarella in a good position for Udinese.
    • 39' Pirlo slides in with a good challenge on Armero as the Udinese man again tries to launch a break. A real collector's item there!
    • 38' Good possession from Juve around the final third, but it ends with Matri's cross being plucked out of the air by Handanovic.
    • 37' barzagli does well, firstly to dispossess Di Natale without even touching hima nd then to slide in with a quality tackle on Pasquale.
    • 36' Udinese are one of the four Serie A sides against whom Claudio Marchisio has already scored two goals, alongside AC Milan, Inter and Palermo.
    • 34' Lacklustre set piece from Juve for once. Giaccherini cynically trips Isla as he leads the break. That's a booking.
    • 33' Quagliarella's cross is blocked and Lichsteiner takes far too long before shooting, allowing his eventual strike to be blokced for a corner!
    • 31' Bonucci heads the ball across the box after Pirlo floated a free-kick in, but there is no pink shirt to get on the end of it.
    • 30' Quagliarella scored 25 Serie A goals during his two years at Udinese between 2007 and 2009.
    • 29' Quagliarella is fed on the edge of the box. The mask-sporting striker spins through 180 degrees and fires his shot high of Handanovic's goal.
    • 28' Clever set piece from Pirlo as he sees the run of Estigarribia. The ball is squared to the feet of the Paraguayan, whose first-time shot flies high into the crowd!
    • 27' Estigarribia is brought down on the left wing. Pirlo will revel in pinging this free-kick into the box.
    • 26' Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci appears to be in some discomfort. He is limping a little on the leg which has some bandaging on it.
    • 24' Vidal is the first player to go into the referee's book for a foul which leaves him limping away.
    • 23' Matri is sent scampering away down the left channel. He gets into the box and tries to dink a finish over Handanovic, but the keeper smothers the effort! Matri looked to be lacking confidence there and took one touch too many.
    • 21' The home side try a short corner routine that is snuffed out by Udinese. Armero bursts away down the right wing but the referee calls play back for a free-kick! Who knows what that was for, but it denies Udinese a great chance to attack.
    • 20' The rain has turned to snow now as Emanuele Giaccherini wins Juve a corner.
    • 19' Di Natale has already attempted 74 shots in this campaign, at least 21 more than any other player.
    • 17' Juve are a lot more decisive with their treatment of this corner, and they play their way out of touble.
    • 16' The corner is headed away but only as far as Armero... deflected behind for another corner! The Colombian caught his volley really well there.
    • 15' Almen Abdi gets the ball to feet on the edge of the box and fires a solid strike bound for the top corner... Gianluigi Buffon gets fingertips to it!
    • 14' Udinese beginning to get a grasp on this match now, but it's still Juve in charge.
    • 12' Juventus have regularly alternated a win and a draw over the last nine match-days of this competition. They won their last match in the league against Atalanta.
    • 10' Juve take three attempts before finally clearing the set piece. They try to launch a coutner-attack but Gelson Fernandes tidies up well.
    • 9' Andrea Barzagli intercepts a cross from Pablo Armero bound for Di Natale, but only at the expense of a corner.
    • 8' Juve bossing the posession in the early stages. Andrea Pirlo tries to float a clever ball over the top but Maurizio Domizzi calmly heads back to Handanovic.
    • 7' Juventus remain the only team still unbeaten amongst the top five European leagues (11 wins and eight draws).
    • 5' Speak of the devil... The Udinese captain is caught offside as he brings the ball down in the final third.
    • 4' Good stat from Infostrada: "Di Natale has scored 50% of Udinese's #SerieA goals this season (28). Only Germán Denis (12 of 23 Atalanta goals) has more: 52.2%."
    • 3' First chance for Juve as Fabio Quagliarella slips a through ball intot run of Marcelo Estigarribia... He's bearing down on goal... Samir Handanovic makes the face! Estigarribia tried to lift the ball over the keeper, but the Slovenian read it well.
    • 1' Udinese kick off! The visitors are in their black-and-white stripes this evening. Juve have opted for their rather pink pink jerseys.
    • 19:44 The players are coming out on to a very cold looking pitch in Turin. It's raining and generally very inhospitable! You can share your thoughts with me during this match by getting in touch via Twitter @tony_mabert.
    • 19:40 Francesco Guidolin (Udinese boss): "Juve were born in the Champions League. Conte plays good football, worthy of the new stadium. But we will play with incredible courage."
    • 19:40 Antonio Conte (Juventus manager): "We shouldn’t underestimate this encounter. We are facing a team who is challenging for important objectives like we are. It is a game against a direct rival, a match worth six points. There will be risks to face out there. We just have to keep working hard in an effort to improve.”
    • 19:35 We have selected this game as our Match of the Weekend. For online users, here's a nifty breakdown of all the stats you will need on either team from the first half of the season. European Match of the Weekend
    • 19:30 This match is between the two teams with the best defensive records in Italy, so perhaps it is no surprise that the reverse fixture ended in a goalless draw. However, if tonight's game is as exciting as that match was, then the lack of goals will not be a problem. Serie A best defences
    • 19:25 With Ghanaian duo Kwadwo Asamoah and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu competing at the African Cup of Nations, Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin plays the peripheral Gelson Fernandes and defender Dusan Basta in midfield for one of their biggest games of the season. Still, he is of course able to call upon Serie A's joint-top scorer Antonio di Natale. Serie A scoring charts
    • 19:20 Fabio Quagliarella makes only his third start of the season in the Juventus attack. He partners the misfiring Alessandro Matri who has only scored one league goal in the past two months. In all Antoni oConte makes four changes from the side which beat Roma 3-0 in the Coppa Italia in midweek. Juventus team page
    • 19:15 Juventus: Buffon; Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Giaccherini, Estigarribia; Quagliarella, Matri /// Udinese: Handanovic; Ferronetti, Danilo, Domizzi; Pasquale, Basta, Isla, Fernandes, Armero; Abdi, Di Natale.
    • 19:10 Head-to-head: Juve’s next win against Udinese will be their 50th over them in Serie A. Udinese have lost more games (49) and conceded more goals (152) in Serie A against Juve than against any other side. However, the Old Lady have won just two of their last six meetings against Udinese. When they met at the Stadio Friuli back in September they played out what was described at the time as a 'goalless thriller'. Match report
    • 19:05 Serie A leaders Juventus can open up a four-point gap on defending champions AC Milan at the top of the table with a win this evening. Third-placed Udinese will go top if they can inflict a first defeat of the season on Juve and do it by three clear goals. Serie A table
    • 19:00 Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the Serie A clash between Juventus and Udinese at the Juventus Arena in Turin!
  • Summary

    • 62' GOAL!! JUVENTUS 2-1 UDINESE!! Marchisio makes an instant impact! He guides Vidal's cross into Matri's path with an exquisite touch and the striker fires past Handanovic for his second of the game!
    • 60' Great chance for Di Natale as the ball is fired low and hard across the box and it canons off the striker and over the bar!
    • 55' GOAL!! JUVENTUS 1-1 UDINESE!! Great break from the visitors after a poor pass from Barzagli. Isla coems through the middle and plays in Floro Flores on the left. The substitute bends a lovely finish around Buffon and into the net!
    • 54' Udinese on the attack now and Di Natale fires wide of Buffon's goal with a solid strike!
    • 53' Udinese head the corner clear but Isla's stray pass gifts possession back to Juve. Vidal thunders a cracking long-range strike from range that flies just the wrong side of the upright!
    • 42' GOAL!! JUVE 1-0 UDINESE!! Quagliarella glances a header on target at the near post and Handanovic can only palm the ball into the path of Matri who prods home from close range!
    • 33' Quagliarella's cross is blocked and Lichsteiner takes far too long before shooting, allowing his eventual strike to be blokced for a corner!
    • 23' Matri is sent scampering away down the left channel. He gets into the box and tries to dink a finish over Handanovic, but the keeper smothers the effort! Matri looked to be lacking confidence there and took one touch too many.
    • 16' The corner is headed away but only as far as Armero... deflected behind for another corner! The Colombian caught his volley really well there.
    • 15' Almen Abdi gets the ball to feet on the edge of the box and fires a solid strike bound for the top corner... Gianluigi Buffon gets fingertips to it!
    • 3' First chance for Juve as Fabio Quagliarella slips a through ball intot run of Marcelo Estigarribia... He's bearing down on goal... Samir Handanovic makes the face! Estigarribia tried to lift the ball over the keeper, but the Slovenian read it well.
    • 19:15 Juventus: Buffon; Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Giaccherini, Estigarribia; Quagliarella, Matri /// Udinese: Handanovic; Ferronetti, Danilo, Domizzi; Pasquale, Basta, Isla, Fernandes, Armero; Abdi, Di Natale.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Juventus

    Manager: Antonio Conte

  • Udinese

    Manager: Francesco Guidolin

  • Line-up

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      Substitution Out83′ 6.6 -
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      Substitution Out64′ 6.5 -
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      Goals ×2 7.9 -
      Substitution Out61′ 6.6 -
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      Substitution In64′ 6.4 -
      Substitution In61′ 7.4 -
      Substitution In83′ 6.9 -
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      Substitution Out45′ 5.4 -
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      Substitution In73′ 4.8 -
      Substitution In86′ 4.8 -