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Italian Serie A

Stadio Friuli 30th September 2012 - Kick off 11:30 Ref: A Romeo

Udinese Udinese vs Genoa Genoa


Genoa 0

No goals at Udinese

Last Updated: 30/09/12 2:07pm

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Mathias Ranegie in action for Udinese.

Mathias Ranegie in action for Udinese.

Udinese and Genoa picked up a point apiece in a goalless draw played at a pedestrian pace at the Stadio Friuli.

The absence of Udinese's star striker Antonio Di Natale was felt as Udinese struggled to create chances, even though they marginally had the better of the game.

Genoa created very few openings and appeared to settle for a draw right from the outset, and that is the result Gigi Di Canio's side obtained to keep them in the top half of Serie A.

A difference of opinion between Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin and his club's number one striker Di Natale led to the Italy international being excluded from the squad.

Guidolin instead kept his faith in Mathias Ranegie, who scored in the 2-1 win over AC Milan a week ago, but it was a less likely source that delivered the first moment of danger with defender Danilo heading onto the top of the crossbar from Andrea Lazzari's corner in the second minute.

Ranegie and his striker partner Roberto Pereyra combined moments later as Udinese made a bright start to the game.

Pereyra's cross in the 32nd minute was played back by Lazzari to Marco Faraoni, whose shot was deflected over the crossbar by Michele Canini.

The first time the visitors came close to the Udinese goal was five minutes from the end of the first half when Giampiero Pinzi's clearance took a ricochet off Juraj Kucka which nearly looped in.

Diego Fabbrini had the first chance of the second half, but Sebastien Frey stretched to keep his shot out in the 52nd minute.

Zeljko Brkic was called into action practically for the first time in the 83rd minute when he made a save from Anselmo.

Pasquale sent Udinese's last chance of the game over the crossbar in the 88th minute.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 15 36
2 Roma 15 35
3 Sampdoria 15 26
4 Genoa 15 26
5 Lazio 15 26
6 AC Milan 15 24
7 Napoli 15 24
8 Fiorentina 15 23
9 Udinese 15 21
10 Palermo 15 21
11 Inter Milan 15 20
12 Sassuolo 15 19
13 Verona 15 17
14 Empoli 15 16
15 Torino 15 14
16 Atalanta 15 14
17 Chievo 15 13
18 Cagliari 15 12
19 Cesena 15 8
20 Parma 15 7