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Italian Serie A

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

Udinese Udinese vs Genoa Genoa

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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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Table

Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10

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