Juventus absolutely dominated their match with Lazio, but were denied by a stunning performance from goalkeeper Federico Marchetti for a point. This is the Biancocelesti’s first 0-0 draw in 34 rounds.
The Serie A leaders welcomed fifth-placed Lazio and Paul Pogba stood in for the suspended Andrea Pirlo a week after the Frenchman was dropped for turning up late to training. Mirko Vucinic was a last-minute absentee with flu, while Lazio had Stefano Mauri and Senad Lulic banned.
Federico Marchetti had a worrying moment in the third minute, as an over-hit back-pass caused him real problems, but he managed to dribble away from Sebastian Giovinco with some smart footwork.
Kwadwo Asamoah surged down the left and stung Marchetti’s palms at the near post. A defensive error allowed Giovinco to kick with his back to goal, forcing a great save out of Marchetti on the line, then Fabio Quagliarella hit the side-netting on the follow-up from close range.
During that move, Andre Dias landed awkwardly and limped off for Michael Ciani. Giovinco hooked a cross with a divine first touch, but turned and drilled just wide.
Moments later the Atomic Ant hooked another long ball over the top with a wonderful touch when surrounded by defenders, but once more the angled drive was off target.
Arturo Vidal was barged off the ball just outside the area, but the referee waved for him to get back up. Giorgio Chiellini did well to cut off Hernanes after a rare Lazio foray forward.
After the restart a long-range Pogba snapshot whistled over and Candreva’s free kick was into the wall. The Bianconeri wasted a good opportunity when Mauricio Isla’s cross was completely off kilter, then nobody was ready to tap in an Asamoah pull-back.
Marchetti performed an absolutely sensational save on the hour mark, as a long-range Vidal shot was deflected off Quagliarella, but the goalkeeper managed to change direction mid-air to palm it out from under the crossbar!
Marchetti was again crucial to push a pass off the feet of Quagliarella from four yards and Abdoullay Konko risked an own goal to clear over the bar. Simone Pepe was introduced for his first Serie A match of the campaign.
Marchetti was eventually beaten on 75 minutes, but he was saved by the woodwork, as Leonardo Bonucci smacked his finish on to the crossbar from a corner.
The Lazio goalkeeper was on stunning form and got down to beat a Claudio Marchisio strike off the line with one hand.
There were some timid appeals for a penalty, but Cristian Ledesma’s arm was practically behind his back when the cross struck him.