Udinese and Juventus both had chances, but Carlos Tevez missed a sitter in a surprising 0-0 draw.
The Turin giants had the chance to go nine points clear at the top of the table thanks to a Roma crisis, but missed Arturo Vidal, Kwadwo Asamoah, Romulo and the suspended Claudio Marchisio. The Friulani had lost three of the last four editions of this fixture. They too had problems, as Panagiotis Kone began a three-match ban with Giampiero Pinzi, Alexandre Geijo, Emmanuel Badu, Maurizio Domizzi, Molla Wague and Lucas Evangelista unavailable.
Bruno Fernandes fired wide from a promising counter-attack, then Silvan Widmer failed to convert and in a similar situation Cyril Thereau tested Gigi Buffon.
Fernando Llorente should’ve done better when turning a free header off target from Andrea Pirlo’s corner, but Buffon was again called into action by Bruno Fernandes.
Orestis Karnezis comfortably smothered a Paul Pogba effort, but overall the Turin giants created very little in the first half.
Roberto Pereyra finally had a great opportunity on 54 minutes, smashing his shot against the crossbar from Llorente’s knock-down.
Alvaro Morata’s volley was straight at Orestis Karnezis, while Di Natale ballooned over after a set play was not cleared. Carlos Tevez somehow failed to score on a Morata counter that was set up perfectly for him by Pogba, but blasted wide from 12 yards.
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