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Stadio Friuli 25th February 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: A Damato

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Last Updated: 25/02/13 8:49pm

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Daniele Padelli: Clean sheet against Napoli

Daniele Padelli: Clean sheet against Napoli

Napoli were only able to reduce the deficit on Serie A leaders Juventus to six points as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Udinese at the Stadio Friuli.

Chances were few and far between with Udinese rarely looking at risk of conceding, but seeming equally unlikely to score.

A late rally from Napoli was not enough for them to take more than a point back home with them as they lacked their usual shine on a disappointing night for Walter Mazzarri's men.

The game never really got going with Napoli carving out the best chances in the first half, but none good enough to test Daniele Padelli in the Udinese goal

After an appeal for a penalty was turned down when Edinson Cavani went to ground inside the penalty area, Cavani then sliced a pass from Marek Hamsik from 10 yards out in the 22nd minute.

Ten minutes before half time, Padelli was finally called into action to save from Hamsik's shot from Juan Zuniga's cross.

Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale got his first sight of goal just before the break when a good burst of pace created room for a shot, which he sent over the crossbar with his weaker left foot.

A deflected Di Natale effort set up Roberto Pereyra for Udinese's best chance of the night, but he lifted the ball over the crossbar from six yards out.

Hamsik volleyed the ball wide at the other end before another penalty appeal was turned down when former Udinese wing-back Pablo Armero went down in the area, but he was shown a yellow card for diving.

Shortly after, Cavani confirmed it was not his night as he made a bad contact with another shot which almost turned into an assist for Armero, who was just too late to meet the ball at the far post.

Napoli spent the last 20 minutes on the attack, but Padelli was protected by a strong defence which held firm without wavering while Mazzarri's men lacked the creativity to break them down.

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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