SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 26 - 8 Mar 2020 (17.00 UK)
Udinese 0 - 0 Fiorentina
Dacia Arena

Stefano Okaka’s header grazed the woodwork and Nikola Milenkovic’s curler thumped it, as Udinese and Fiorentina played a goalless draw.

This game was meant to be played last weekend, but was delayed and still played behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The Friulani had a practically full squad to choose from, while the Viola missed only Franck Ribery, Christian Kouame and suspended Dalbert.

Rolando Mandragora’s strike flashed not far off target after an Ilija Nestorovski assist, then another good cross from the forward was crucially cut out by Martin Caceres with Stefano Okaka ready to tap in.

Okaka really should’ve scored on the half-hour mark when anticipating Caceres, but his header only grazed the bar from five yards. The stadium DJ perhaps assumed it was going in, as he accidentally pressed the button on the goal music.

Alfred Duncan’s left-foot curler was smothered by Juan Musso, but Fiorentina had the best chance of the whole half. A corner was not cleared effectively and Nikola Milenkovic’s left-foot volley from an awkward angle smacked against the far post.

Ken Sema tested Bartlomiej Dragowski, while Caceres made another decisive block on Mandragora after Okaka stole back possession.

Rodrigo De Paul and Dusan Vlahovic had attempts from distance, while Sema risked an own goal when Vlahovic’s pull-back from the by-line bounced off his shin.

De Paul fired wide from another promising position, while Okaka failed to make the most of a Kevin Lasagna counter-attack because of a slip.

Lasagna stung Dragowski’s gloves, but Alfred Duncan’s poor first touch ruined a potential Fiorentina move. The Viola poured forward in the final stages, Chiesa forcing a flying save from Musso in stoppages, but Udinese held out for a fourth consecutive stalemate.

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Udinese: Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; Stryger-Larsen, De Paul, Mandragora, Jajalo (Fofana 70), Sema (Zeegelaar 82); Okaka, Nestorovski (Lasagna 62)
Fiorentina: Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Caceres; Lirola, Duncan, Badelj (Pulgar 87), Castrovilli, Igor (Cutrone 72); Chiesa, Vlahovic
Ref: Fabbri