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.

Shevchenko: ‘I’ll think about Milan tomorrow’

Andriy Shevchenko is satisfied with Genoa’s 0-0 draw away at Udinese and says he will focus on the upcoming match against Milan starting from tomorrow.

The former striker picked up his first point in Serie A as a coach in a goalless stalemate at the Dacia Arena.

“It’s worth a lot, because it was an away game against a solid team, very strong physically,” Shevchenko told DAZN.

“It’s an important draw, we created a few chances in the second half, but I saw solidity on our side, so I am satisfied.

“I am happy with how the players are working, they have accepted my ideas.”

Genoa will host Milan in the next Serie A match on Wednesday.

“I know… but I need to rest a bit, and I’ll think about it from tomorrow,” the former striker said.

“It will be a great emotion, but now I am only happy about the draw.”

Domenico Criscito and Mattia Destro will likely miss the match against the Rossoneri.

“Let’s see how they feel, but I don’t think there are players who can return from injuries soon,” the 45-year-old admitted.

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.

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Juventus, Atalanta, Napoli, Roma under transfer investigation too?

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Juventus are only one of the many clubs under investigation for inflated transfer values, including Napoli, Roma, Atalanta, Genoa and Sampdoria.

The investigation into Juve is formal, with the club’s offices in Turin and Milan raided on Friday and Saturday, but this could just be the beginning for Italian and European football.

It is part of a wider investigation into transfer values and the so-called plusvalenze – capital gains – especially when it comes to player exchanges.

Because the market dictates what a player is worth, two clubs can agree to a set fee, even if it is extremely inflated, allowing both of them to balance their books by trading assets seemingly worth huge sums.

Most often, it is seen with youth team players who are traded as part of a larger transfer and given vastly inflated prices.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, there are several clubs involved in the first stage of the investigation, which began secretly in the autumn of 2020.

They include Napoli, Roma, Atalanta, Genoa and Sampdoria.

Napoli are already being looked at in France for their deal with LOSC for Victor Osimhen, which was one of the clearest examples of the technique used.

Officially, that transfer was worth over €80m, but that included €20m worth of player exchanges.

The four players in question, goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and three youth team products, didn’t really play for Lille and were released from their contracts after loans to Serie C sides.

It is also reported the FIGC requested the opportunity to share information with the financial authorities as part of their own investigation into plusvalenze in football.

Because this type of creative accounting requires two clubs to agree on the valuation of a player, it stands to reason that only the practice is widespread.

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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.