Serie A Highlights: Udinese 0-0 Genoa

Watch as Andriy Shevchenko got his first point as coach of Genoa, but Udinese came closest to winning with Beto off the woodwork.

The Grifone were having their second match with Sheva on the bench and Caleb Ekuban wasted a golden opportunity to open the scoring.

Serie A | Udinese 0-0 Genoa: First point for Shevchenko

Walace and Paolo Ghiglione had attempts from distance to test the goalkeepers, but Beto saw his strike deflected onto the upright by Andrea Cambiaso.

Destiny Udogie had the ball in the net in stoppages, but was clearly offside.

Gotti: ‘Pereyra’s injury changed the game’

Udinese boss Luca Gotti admits Roberto Pereyra’s injury forced him to change his game plan in a 0-0 draw against Genoa.

The former Juventus and Watford man sustained a shoulder injury in the first half of Udinese’s home clash against Genoa.

“We had prepared the game trying to create spaces by letting them keep the ball possession. However, Pereyra’s injury changed our plans and this affected us in the first half,” Gotti told DAZN.

“A draw is never a bad thing, it was a hard-fought match and I appreciate the players’ commitment.”

Udinese return to the pitch on Thursday, in an away clash at Lazio.

They sit 14th in the Serie A table with 15 points in 14 matches.

Serie A | Udinese 0-0 Genoa: First point for Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko picked up his first point on the Genoa bench, scraping a 0-0 draw away to Udinese, who were denied by the woodwork.

The visitors missed Domenico Criscito, Mattia Destro, Felipe Caicedo, Mohamed Fares, Mattia Bani and Nikola Maksimovic.

Beto spun away from Andrea Masiello and sprinted forward, only a desperate Milan Badelj interception to prevent Gerard Deulofeu tapping in the assist.

Udinese were unlucky when Roberto Pereyra fell awkwardly and appeared to dislocate his shoulder just 13 minutes into the game.

Walace forced a save from Salvatore Sirigu at the near post, while Deulofeu’s cross-shot into the six-yard box couldn’t find a tap-in.

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Nicolò Rovella’s strike from distance forced a save, while Caleb Ekuban did the hard work with a flick to get away from Samir only to then fire inches wide.

Nahuel Molina was incredibly fortunate straight after the restart, as he was already on a yellow card when kicking out at Rovella.

Destiny Udogie blasted off target after a ricochet fell kindly for him, while Walace tested Sirigu with a screamer from almost 30 metres out.

Beto went very close on 80 minutes, as he burst into the box and his cross-shot took a huge deflection off Andrea Cambiaso, thumping the upright.

Moments later, Paolo Ghiglione went on the counter with three against three, but his daisy-cutter was palmed away at full stretch by Marco Silvestri.

Udogie had the ball in the net during stoppages with a delicate chip, but he was clearly offside when Makengo’s shot was deflected into his path.

Udinese 0-0 Genoa

Serie A Week 14 | Sunday’s probable line-ups: Maignan back for Milan

Serie A Week 14 continues with five games on Sunday, when Mike Maignan is expected to return for Milan against Sassuolo, while Lazio visit Maurizio Sarri’s former club Napoli.

The top two teams in Serie A are in action on Sunday and must respond to the wins of Inter and Atalanta on Saturday.

Atalanta strengthened their position in the top four, and Roma need a win over Torino today to reduce the gap up to the Orobici.

The big game of the day is at 19.45 UK time tonight, when leaders Napoli host Maurizio Sarri’s new club Lazio at the Stadio Diego Maradona.

Udinese open the day at 11.30 with a home game against Andriy Shevchenko’s Genoa, before Milan take on Sassuolo at San Siro.

Stefano Pioli must cope without Ante Rebic and Oliviver Giroud and leans on Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack.

The match kicks off at 13.00 and French goalkeeper Mike Maignan seems set to return in goal after being out with a wrist injury.

Spezia host Bologna at the same time, when Sinisa Mihajlovic seems set to start with Musa Barrow and Marko Arnautovic together up front.

Roma coach Jose Mourinho could give Nicoló Zaniolo a supporting role behind Stephan El Shaarawy and Tammy Abraham, when Andrea Belotti’s Torino arrive at the Olimpico at 16.00.

Probable line-ups: Udinese vs. Genoa (at 11.30 UK time)

Udinese (4-2-3-1): Silvestri; Molina, Becao, Nuytinck, Samir; Walace, Arslan; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Pussetto; Beto

Genoa (3-5-2): Sirigu; Biraschi, Masiello, Vasquez; Ghiglione, Sturaro, Badelj, Touré, Cambiaso; Ekuban, Pandev

 

Probable line-ups: Milan vs. Sassuolo (at 14.00)

Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Florenzi, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Bakayoko, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, Leao; Ibrahimovic

Sassuolo (4-2-3-1): Consigli; Toljan, Chiriches, Ferrari, Kyriakopoulos; Frattesi, Maxime Lopez, Traore; Berardi, Defrel, Raspadori

Probable line-ups: Spezia vs. Bologna (at 14.00)

Spezia (4-2-3-1): Provedel; Amian, Erlic, Nikolaou, Bastoni; Sala, Kovalenko; Antiste, Maggiore, Strelec; Nzola

Bologna (3-4-1-2): Skorupski; Soumaoro, Medel, Theate; Orsolini, Svanberg, Dominguez, Hickey; Soriano; Barrow, Arnautovic

Probable line-ups: Roma vs. Torino (at 17.00)

Roma (3-4-1-2): Rui Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Mkhitaryan, Pellegrini, Vina; Zaniolo; El Shaarawy, Abraham

Torino (3-4-2-1): Milinkovic-Savic; Djidji, Bremer, Buongiorno; Singo, Lukic, Pobega, Vojvoda; Praet, Brekalo; Belotti

Probable line-ups: Napoli vs. Lazio (at 19.45)

Napoli (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Fabiàn, Demme; Lozano, Zielinski, Insigne; Mertens

Lazio (4-3-3): Reina; Lazzari, Luiz Felipe, Acerbi, Hysaj; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Immobile, Pedro

Liveblog: Serie A Wk14 Super Sunday

Join us for all the build-up and action as if happens from today’s five Serie A games, including Milan-Sassuolo, Roma-Torino and Napoli-Lazio.

We begin at 11.30 GMT at the Dacia Arena, where Udinese and Genoa both need a boost to break away from the drop zone and Andriy Shevchenko is seeking his first points in charge.

You can keep track of the statistics from Udinese vs. Genoa on the Match Centre.

At 14.00 GMT, leaders Milan try to get back on track against Sassuolo after their first Serie A defeat of the season, while Spezia and Bologna face off.

At 17.00 GMT, Roma are forced to reshuffle again with Andrea Belotti’s Torino amid injuries, bans and COVID cases.

Serie A Week 14 concludes at 19.45 GMT, when Maurizio Sarri visits his former club at the helm of Lazio, as Napoli adjust to life without Victor Osimhen.

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Serie A Preview | Udinese vs. Genoa: Shevchenko seeks first points

Andriy Shevchenko seeks his first points on the Genoa bench and visits an Udinese side with one win from their last 10 games.

The new Grifone coach made his debut in a 2-0 home defeat to Roma, but had held out well for almost 80 minutes until the breakthrough. Injuries continue to pile up, so Flavio Bianchi is pushing for a starting spot upfront.

Udinese have a full squad to choose from, although their problem is in attack, scoring just seven goals in the last six games.

Form Guide: Udinese (L W L D D) Genoa (L D D D L)

Stat fact: Genoa have not beaten Udinese in Serie A since February 2016, managing four draws and six defeats, home and away.

Probable line-ups

Udinese (3-5-2): Silvestri; Becao, Nuytinck, Samir; Molina, Pereyra, Walace, Arslan, Udogie; Deulofeu, Beto

Suspended: None

Injured: None

On a yellow card: Samir, Walace

Genoa (3-5-2): Sirigu; Biraschi, Masiello, Vasquez; Sabelli, Sturaro, Badelj, Rovella, Cambiaso; Bianchi, Ekuban

Suspended: None

Injured: Criscito, Maksimovic, Bani, Fares, Destro, Caicedo

On a yellow card: Biraschi

Why Serie A players have a red mark on their cheeks

Players in Serie A this weekend are sporting a red mark on their cheeks as part of a campaign challenging violence against women and spreading awareness of an anti-stalking hotline.

Every year for several seasons now, the Lega Serie A has participated in the campaign Un Rosso Alla Violenza – A red card to violence.

Players were also urged to contribute via social media with their wives and partners, showing the women wearing red lipstick and the same shade smeared on the cheeks of the star names.

The captains have a special edition armband this weekend also referencing the campaign.

There is a special hotline in Italy for women to report stalking or violence, the phone number is 1522.

Calls to that hotline rose by 79.5 per cent over the last calendar year.

Italy was shocked by an incident earlier this month in Sassuolo, where a man killed his ex-wife, their two children and his mother-in-law before killing himself.

He had been under a restraining order, but broke it to commit the massacre.

The only survivor was the woman’s 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, who was at school at the time.

Five of the best Serie A shirts on offer in the Subside Sports sale

The Subside Sports double discount sale includes dozens of Serie A replica shirts and items – here Football Italia picks out five of the best shirts to grab while you can.

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There’s no one quite like Zlatan Ibrahimovic – just ask him if you don’t believe it. But the Swede backs up his words on the pitch, even as he passes 40.

Ibra returned to Milan in 2019 for what many assumed would be a six-month swansong, but two years later he’s still leading from the front for the Rossoneri. His influence almost delivered the 2020-21 Scudetto to Milan, which would have been their first since 2010-11 – not un-coincidentally, that was Ibrahimovic’s first season with Milan after joining on loan from Barcelona.

Across two spells with Milan, Ibra has scored 89 goals and counting, having also turned out for Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Paris Saint-Germain, LA Galaxy and Manchester United. But it’s arguably at Milan that he feels most at home, and what better way to celebrate the evergreen Ibrahimovic than with a replica Milan away shirt carrying his name and number?

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Not only do Roma have one of the most successful coaches in football in the dugout in Jose Mourinho, they also have arguably the most stylish shirts, perhaps never bettered by the 2020-21 third kit offering.

It wasn’t a shirt that brought Roma all that much success on the pitch, though, as Paulo Fonseca oversaw a seventh-place finish in Serie A. A long run in the Europa League suggested a trophy might land at the Stadio Olimpico, but that dream was ended at Old Trafford in a 6-2 semi-final first leg defeat. A 3-2 win in the return proved to be a gallant but ultimately unsuccessful comeback effort.

The third kit, however, was a winner. Where some clubs and kit manufacturers go for crazy patterns and psychedelic designs in an effort to go viral on social media, Roma and Nike went the other way, all clean lines and classic colours. It’s a refreshingly simple, elegant shirt that will never go out of fashion. It’ll look as smart in years to come as it does today, and will be making appearances in training sessions and five-a-side games for the foreseeable future.

Roma have switched kit manufacturers now and while the 2021-22 shirts also look pretty good, there’s an extra attitude about the black-and-gold third shirt from the year before that really stands out.

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The death of Diego Maradona on November 25, 2020 impacted everyone in football, such was the legend of the Argentina icon. But nowhere was the pain of his loss felt more strongly than in Naples.

Naples became a second home for Maradona, the site of his greatest club success as he inspired Napoli to two Serie A titles, in 1986-87 and 1989-90, as well as the 1988-89 UEFA Cup.

Arriving at the club in 1984 after an unhappy time at Barcelona, where he was targeted with brutal challenges by opposing defenders and fell out with the Catalan club hierarchy, it was while a Napoli player that Maradona conquered the world; that first Scudetto came after the World Cup, when Maradona was touched by the Hand of God.

The footage of Maradona’s 1984 presentation at the Stadio San Paolo and the fervour with which he was greeted is still awe-inspiring almost 30 years later, and this shirt was released in homage to Napoli’s greatest-ever player after his death. But it isn’t the highest tribute paid to El Pibe de Oro – in December 2020 the San Paolo was fittingly renamed the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

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The Parma 1999-00 squad was one for the ages. Gianluigi Buffon was in goal, Fabio Cannavaro and Lilian Thuram marshalled the defence and Hernan Crespo was up front. And yet, the Parma dream was already coming to an end.

Crespo was sold to champions Lazio at the end of the 1999-00 season; Buffon and Thuram headed to Juventus a year later. UEFA Cup winners in 1998, Parma would be bankrupt by 2004, the cost of pursuing trophies proving too much for parent company Parmalat to bare amid a financial scandal.

Parma’s 1999-00 Champions League shirt wasn’t worn beyond the third qualifying round as the Gialloblu fell to Scotland’s Rangers, but the colours remain iconic and the warning from history stark. Parma did return to Serie A briefly after plumbing the depths of the Italian lower leagues, but they are a long way from their peak at the turn of the century.

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Juventus became accustomed to not only topping the Serie A table in the 2010s, but running away with the Scudetto. The Old Lady claimed nine in a row between 2011-12 and 2019-20, usually with no real challengers, until Antonio Conte’s Inter brought the bandwagon to a halt in 2020-21.

Max Allegri, the coach responsible for five of those nine title successes, was brought back in the summer of 2021 in an effort to re-establish Juve at the top of Serie A and it has proved more difficult than he may have anticipated thus far. Juve fans could be forgiven for looking back on the last decade and wondering where it went wrong.

The answer may be in the summer of 2019, when Allegri initially stepped down. Maurizio Sarri delivered the 2019-20 title but was never settled at the Allianz Stadium, and the experiment of naming legendary midfielder but rookie coach Andrea Pirlo as his successor proved a mistake, as he departed 12 months later having barely qualified for the Champions League.

If the 2018-19 season really was the beginning of the end of Juve’s dominance of Serie A, then the Juventus 2018-19 campioni home shirt is a reminder of when the Bianconeri ruled Italy.

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