Wednesday December 21, 2011 Day 1 Finished Stadio Friuli

Udinese 0 - 0 Juventus

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  1. Juve joint top after goalless thriller

    Juve joint top after goalless thriller

    Juventus joined AC Milan at the top of Serie A after an enthralling 0-0 draw with third-placed Udinese at the Stadio Friuli. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Udinese
    • Juventus
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A fine match, but it ends 0-0. Both teams well in the hunt for the title as they head for the winter break.
    • 90+2' Guidolin sent to the stand by the referee for protesting. All heating up in the death throes of this match.
    • 90+2' Paolo De Ceglie replaces Marcelo Estigarribia for Juventus.
    • 90+1' Three minutes to be added to the match.
    • 90+1' Another break by Udinese, but another let down as Di Natale drives a shot wide from 20 yards out. Was a real chance to score.
    • 89' Di Natale swings a leg at a loose ball from outside of the box. Ball just trickles through to Buffon. More frustration in front of goal.
    • 88' Floro Flores replaces Abdi for the home side. Both teams trying to win this match in the closing moments.
    • 87' Del Piero picks out Lichtsteiner, who blazes a shot well over the bar from the edge of the box.
    • 86' Udinese try to cut open Juve on the break, but the move breaks down with Di Natale taking up a fine position. Golden chance gone for the home team.
    • 85' Quagliarella with a venomous drive at the home goal. Really got hold of that shot, but Handanovic dives to his left to make an excellent save.
    • 84' Asamoah plays a neat one-two with Di Natale, but Juve have enough bodies back to clear the danger. Udinese going for this in the closing moments.
    • 83' Del Piero is wheeled on to take over from Pepe in the closing moments of this match.
    • 82' Alessandro Del Piero is getting ready to come on for the visiting side. Can he work his magic for Juve? Di Natale caught offside.
    • 81' Basta goes for goal from the edge of the Juve box. Ball always rising over the bar, and Juve have a goalkick.
    • 80' Plenty of boos ringing out around the ground as Pepe needs to go off and come back on. We continue at 0-0 with 10 minutes left to play.
    • 79' Former Udinese man Pepe is in need of a spot of treatment after being tripped by Domizzi.
    • 78' Armeto on the run for Udinese. Abdi dinks the ball inside, but Chiellini is there to make another fine challenge.
    • 77' Basta penalised for a late tug on the shirt of Estigarribia. Pirlo then falls to the ground, but sees the free-kick go against him.
    • 76' Armero takes a tumble under pressure from Lichtsteiner. This match continues to be fiercely competitive.
    • 75' Di Natale wallops an effort over the wall. Got some movement on the ball, but needed to be better than that to beat Buffon, who has reliable hands in making the save.
    • 74' Isla taken down by Marcisio. Udinese have a free-kick 25 yards from goal which Di Natale is standing over as we speak.
    • 73' Almost an instant impact by Quagliarella as he thrashes a shot narrowly wide of goal! So close to the opener for Juve.
    • 72' Change coming for Juventus as Quagliarella takes over from Matri. Little surprise to see that change.
    • 71' Di Natale takes the ball out of the air with decent control. A bit of a dive by him. Little or no contact.
    • 70' Matri has his pocket picked by Domizzi. Some fine defending by the Udinese player. Has been a match marked by quality defending.
    • 69' Asamoah decides to go for goal. Lacked any real bite as Buffon falls to his left to make the save with some ease.
    • 68' Chiellini unhappy with Di Natale. Complaining about the illegal use of an elbow. Matri takes a dive, but the referee doesn't buy it.
    • 67' Armeri chips the ball into the middle, but Chiellini was there to thump the ball clear. More fine defending by him.
    • 66' Juve with 14 shots on goal so for, but Udinese had been better in this half as Di Natale sees a little ball knocked away. Buffon then comes to collect Armero's delivery.
    • 65' More fine defending by Udinese before Marchisio thumps an effort over from 25 yards. Another chance by Marchisio fails to hit the target.
    • 64' Guidolin out of his technical area demanding more his players. Armero bursts forward, but the pass is poor. A real let-off for Juve with Di Natale taking up a good position.
    • 63' Di Natale with the free-kick, but he overcooks the delivery and Juve will have the goalkick.
    • 62' And on we go with this superb match. Matri is penalised for a handball. No goals, but that is all this game has been lacking. Two fine teams going at it.
    • 61' Pinzi picks out Di Natale, but he fails to get the volley in with any pace as Buffon collects. Easy enough stop.
    • 60' Di Natale with the corner, but Matri is on hand to head clear for Juve. Udinese back on the attack moments later.
    • 59' Di Natale chips the free-kick into the area. Danilo rises to head goalwards, but Buffon nudges the ball over the bar. Corner to Udinese.
    • 58' Pinzi taken out late by Matri, and Udinese have a free-kick about 35 yards from goal. This must go down as a decent chance.
    • 57' Estigarribia is on hand to knock the ball away from Isla. Superb defending by him to help out his team.
    • 56' Pepe hammers in the shot from distance, but the ball flies narrowly wide of a post. Worth a bash.
    • 55' Isla takes up a decent position out wide. Throws the ball into the middle, but Buffon clasps the ball under the bar. Good goalkeeping.
    • 54' Udinese (nine) and Juventus (seven) are the sides to have kept the most clean sheets in the Italian top flight this season.
    • 53' Isla knocks the ball out of play after bounding down a flank on the break. Poor delivery by him.
    • 52' Chiellini heads goalwards from Pirlo's delivery. Fine header, but Handanovic is dowin quickly to make the save. Decent stop.
    • 51' Isla takes down Vidal, and he picks up a booking for that. Another free-kick whipped in by Pirlo, but no pink shirt on hard. Goalkick to Udinese seconds later.
    • 50' Francesco Guidolin has won only five of his 23 previous league meetings with Juventus. The Udinese manager would love a sixth win tonight.
    • 49' Pirlo chips the ball into the box, but nobody there to take advantage as Udinese deal with the danger.
    • 48' Pepe taken out late by Asamoah. Slightly fortunate to avoid a booking there. Another free-kick then for the visiting side.
    • 47' Udinese power forward at the outset of this half. Armero drives the ball in, but too much power on the cross as the ball flies out of play.
    • 46' We are back off and running in the second period. Exciting half ahead.
    • 45' There goes the whistle! This is a superb match. Utterly fascinating. Should be a great second period.
    • 44' Not going to be much time added to the half.
    • 43' This half has flown by. Di Natale cracks a volley into the side of the net with Basta beside him. Di Natale was offside, Basta wasn't. Basta not happy with his team-mate.
    • 42' Asamoah closes down Vidal and wins the ball. Vidal brings down the home midfielder as he tried to dash clear, and that is a booking for the Juve player.
    • 41' Pepe taken out by Pinzi, and that is another booking for Udinese. Can't have any complaints about that decision.
    • 40' Marchisio dinks the ball into the box, but the visiting defence get it out again. Juventus should probably have the lead by now.
    • 39' Pirlo with a dipping, dangerous free-kick. Handanovic does just enough to get the ball out of the danger area. Lovely ball by the former AC Milan favourite.
    • 38' First booking of the match is handed out to Basta for a cynical late challenge on Estigarribia.
    • 37' Matri on the charge for Juve. Hoists in the cross, but Domizzi is there to head clear.
    • 36' Isla tries to pick out Di Natale, but nothing doing. Di Natale has had to live off scraps so far.
    • 35' Ferronetti doing some outstanding work at the back for Udinese. Vidal goes for goal from 30 yards, but straight down the throat of Handanovic, who saves with some ease.
    • 34' Marchisio plants a swerving shot inches wide of the goal with Handanovic beaten. So unfortunate. Udinese getting worked hard.
    • 33' Matri tries to cut a dash into the Udinese box, but Basta is there to a timely intervention. Had to get that tackle right.
    • 32' Juventus are the only Serie A side still unbeaten this term, nine wins and six draws.
    • 31' Estigarribia tries to get a move going at the other end, but the ball breaks to Handanovic. Quite a pace to this match so far.
    • 30' Offside flag goes up against Ferronetti as he nods over the bar. No complaints there from the home player.
    • 29' Pepe with another fine ball into the middle. Looking for Estigarribia, but he can't convert at the back post. Juve looking the likelier side.
    • 28' Vidal guilty of fouling Pinzi, and the home side have a free-kick in keeping with the theme of the night.
    • 27' Armero plays the ball forward, but no takers on hand. Lichtsteiner sees an effort deflected over. Pepe throws in the corner, but cleared by the Udinese defence.
    • 26' A win for Udinese tonight would see them join AC Milan as co-leaders of Serie A. Juventus had made seven fouls compared to two by the home team.
    • 25' Matri looking to get on the end of a cross, but Domizzi is on hand to head clear the danger before a flag goes up against Di Natale.
    • 24' A match between two counter attacking sides is really producing some early quality. Freezing in Udine, but the pitch is helping both teams in knocking it around.
    • 23' Great ball into the middle by Abdi. Flies across the face of goal, but just couldn't pick out Di Natale.
    • 22' Matri races into the box. Appeals for a corner against a home player, but the referee thinks otherwise. Goalkick to Udinese.
    • 21' Game settling down a bit after that frantic start. Abdi catches Barzagli with a late challenge. Still no bookings. Must be a yellow coming soon.
    • 20' Udinese are unbeaten in four games - securing three wins and one draw; away at Lazio in their last game.
    • 19' Fine tackle by Domizzi. Matri booed for a spot of play-acting. Awful stuff from the Juve man. Was never a foul.
    • 18' Pirlo collects the ball in midfield as Juventus look to get their foot on the ball. Matri takes a tumble 25 yards out, but no foul as Udinese break.
    • 17' Di Natale is caught offside. This match is finely poised as Ferronetti gets back to make the block on Matri after he pulled the trigger. Such an open match.
    • 16' Basta gets the ball over the bar from Pirlo's delivery. And Juventus have a corner. Marchisio's shot is blocked. More fine play by Juve.
    • 15' Pinzi goes in late on Marchisio. A few wild challenges, but no bookings as yet.
    • 14' Pepe goes down under the weight of Domizzi's late tackle. Udinese certainly not lacking spirit or energy, but Juve are up for this one too.
    • 13' Isla almost in for the opening goal. Mistake by Chiellini, but Buffon was out his goal quickly to block the lob. This game being played at a frantic pace.
    • 12' In the last four seasons the balance between these two sides in the league is absolutely even, with both teams winning once each every season.
    • 11' Pepe fires in a shot from distance. Handanovic dives low to stop the ball. Another fine attacking move by the visiting team. Udinese living on the edge at the moment.
    • 10' Matri caught late by Danilo, but Juve waste the free-kick as Udinese collect the loose ball at the back.
    • 9' Udinese with seven wins out of seven at home in Serie A this season. A pretty formidable record by anybody's standards.
    • 8' Marchiso knocks the ball inches wide from the edge of the box. So close to the opener. Game has began at a fine pace.
    • 7' Superb piece of defending by Chiellini to stop the ball reaching Abdi. That was an excellent piece of defending. Super stuff really as the home man was ready to pounce.
    • 6' Pirlo goes short with the corner before Chiellini throws over a nice cross. Headed out by Udinese as the home team looks to break.
    • 5' Pepe tackled by Danilo as he raced through on goal. Corner to the visiting side.
    • 4' Almen Abdi is out there supporting Antonio Di Natale with Damiano Ferronetti stationed in defence. A bright start by Juve.
    • 3' Marchisio flicks a shot over the bar from 25 yards out. Fine effort, but just too high. Early warning for Udinese. Can't afford to be giving the ball away.
    • 2' Domizzi with the throw. Pirlo brought down by Abdi in the opening moments as Juve get the ball up the other end of the park.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one. Should be a Christmas cracker.
    • 16.55 Here are the standings before this match. Really looking forward to this one tonight. Juventus in pink, and hoping to be in the pink after it. Serie A table
    • 16.52 Teams: Udinese: Handanovic; Ferronetti, Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Isla, Pinzi, Asamoah, Armero; Abdi; Di Natale..subs: Padelli, Neuton, Doubai, Pereyra, Pasquale, Fabbrini, Floro Flores////Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Estigarribia; Pepe, Matri..subs: Storari, De Ceglie, Pazienza, Elia, Giaccherini, Del Piero, Quagliarella
    • 16.50 Francesco Guidolin (Udinese): “Without offending the other big teams, for now, the discussion about the League is between Juventus and Milan. It is not a matter that concerns us. We know that tomorrow we will close the calendar year with a very important match. We know their qualities, their character. We’ll have our usual profile and we’ll try to play a good game. We’ll bring out everything that’s left, hoping we can contrast them."
    • 16.45 Antonio Conte (Juventus manager): "So far, Juve have gone beyond all expectations, each more beautiful than any of my expectations and more beautiful in thought. The players are doing something extraordinary, even if we have also not done anything yet. Only in May will everything be taken into account and be when it matters where we are in the table. After 15 rounds the numbers are important."
    • 16.40 Juventus is set to go with a 4-4-3 formation. Leonardo Bonucci, Arturo Vidal and Alessandro Matri are set to replace Paolo De Ceglie, Alessandro Del Piero and Fabio Quagliarella, who is likely to start on the bench despite netting against Novara at the weekend.
    • 16.35 Udinese have no major injury concerns for the visit of Juventus. Mehdi Benatia is suspended while squad players Paulo Barreto, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Andrea Coda are doubtful.
    • 16.30 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Udinese v Juventus from Serie A. This is the final round of league matches before the winter break in Italy.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Another break by Udinese, but another let down as Di Natale drives a shot wide from 20 yards out. Was a real chance to score.
    • 85' Quagliarella with a venomous drive at the home goal. Really got hold of that shot, but Handanovic dives to his left to make an excellent save.
    • 73' Almost an instant impact by Quagliarella as he thrashes a shot narrowly wide of goal! So close to the opener for Juve.
    • 65' More fine defending by Udinese before Marchisio thumps an effort over from 25 yards. Another chance by Marchisio fails to hit the target.
    • 59' Di Natale chips the free-kick into the area. Danilo rises to head goalwards, but Buffon nudges the ball over the bar. Corner to Udinese.
    • 56' Pepe hammers in the shot from distance, but the ball flies narrowly wide of a post. Worth a bash.
    • 52' Chiellini heads goalwards from Pirlo's delivery. Fine header, but Handanovic is dowin quickly to make the save. Decent stop.
    • 39' Pirlo with a dipping, dangerous free-kick. Handanovic does just enough to get the ball out of the danger area. Lovely ball by the former AC Milan favourite.
    • 34' Marchisio plants a swerving shot inches wide of the goal with Handanovic beaten. So unfortunate. Udinese getting worked hard.
    • 23' Great ball into the middle by Abdi. Flies across the face of goal, but just couldn't pick out Di Natale.
    • 13' Isla almost in for the opening goal. Mistake by Chiellini, but Buffon was out his goal quickly to block the lob. This game being played at a frantic pace.
    • 11' Pepe fires in a shot from distance. Handanovic dives low to stop the ball. Another fine attacking move by the visiting team. Udinese living on the edge at the moment.
    • 8' Marchiso knocks the ball inches wide from the edge of the box. So close to the opener. Game has began at a fine pace.
    • 7' Superb piece of defending by Chiellini to stop the ball reaching Abdi. That was an excellent piece of defending. Super stuff really as the home man was ready to pounce.
    • 3' Marchisio flicks a shot over the bar from 25 yards out. Fine effort, but just too high. Early warning for Udinese. Can't afford to be giving the ball away.
    • 16.52 Teams: Udinese: Handanovic; Ferronetti, Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Isla, Pinzi, Asamoah, Armero; Abdi; Di Natale..subs: Padelli, Neuton, Doubai, Pereyra, Pasquale, Fabbrini, Floro Flores////Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Estigarribia; Pepe, Matri..subs: Storari, De Ceglie, Pazienza, Elia, Giaccherini, Del Piero, Quagliarella

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    Manager: Francesco Guidolin

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    Manager: Antonio Conte

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