Milan: Juventus dominated but were held to 0-0 by Lazio in Serie A on Saturday, just three days before their key Champions League match against Chelsea. Leonardo Bonucci hit the crossbar for Juventus but the defending champions - who had scored 10 goals in their previous two matches - could not find a way past Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.
Marchetti pulled off a spectacular stop, changing direction midair to keep out Arturo Vidal's deflected effort. Sebastian Giovinco also went close on several occasions for Juventus, who clearly missed the suspended Andrea Pirlo. "We had so many scoring opportunities and dominated the match, it's a pity we didn't get the goal," Juventus assistant coach Angelo Alessio said. "Lazio played in a catenaccio style and were simply defensive throughout; we even hit the crossbar, if we had scored once it could have finished in a thrashing.
"If you don't score, you don't win, it's simple. But there are only positives to take from tonight." Lazio didn't have a shot on target in the entire match and struggled to get out of its own half. "Congratulations to Juventus," Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic said. "We tried to play but they were too strong and kept on pressing, they trapped us in the area. We have to thank our goalkeeper that it ended 0-0.
"At least tonight we can say we didn't concede, lately we've conceded quite a lot. But up front we didn't have any courage or initiative. However, the point
08:48 AM, Nov 18, 2012