Udinese fans will be pleased to know they’re back in the Champions League once again, as the Serie A side look to continue their dominance in the competition with a 1-0 win over Juventus at the Juventus Stadium on Saturday.
The game will be the first time the two sides have faced each other since the end of last season, when Udinese lost 4-2 in Turin and Juventus won 4-0 in Turino.
Juventus took control in the first half thanks to a superb first half from Giorgio Chiellini, who made two fine saves from the Italian defender.
However, Udinese equalised through Marco Di Vaio’s goal in the 52nd minute, and the Nerazzurri’s dominance continued with an equaliser in the 55th minute thanks to an excellent header from Alessandro Florenzi.
The home side were unlucky not to win a penalty in the final seconds, with Udinese goalkeeper Giorgio Colombo diving to his left to make a save from Leonardo Bonucci.
However it wasn’t until the 70th minute that Udinese really began to show signs of life, with the visitors finally getting the break they needed through Andrea Barzagli.
Juve were unlucky to concede in the second half as Barzagl’s header beat goalkeeper Claudio Marchisio, who had already saved from Di Vaia and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Udinese players took the game to the visitors with some excellent passing, and it was a great chance for Diego Costa to score the decisive goal.
However Udinese were unlucky with a penalty when Zlatanyi had a header saved by Federico Capriati in the 70st minute, with Paulo Dybala going close with a shot.