Sassuolo held by Udinese, miss chance to top Serie A

The draw sees Sassuolo remain unbeaten and move to the second place on 15 points from seven games in the Serie A, a point behind leader AC Milan.


Action from the Serie A fixture between Sassuolo and Udinese.   -  Reuters

Surprise package Sassuolo missed the chance to go top of Serie A as it was held to a 0-0 draw at home by Udinese on Friday.

The host dominated possession but could not turn that into chances on a frustrating night, managing one attempt on target.

The draw left Roberto De Zerbi's unbeaten side in second place on 15 points from seven games, a point behind leader AC Milan, which hosts Hellas Verona on Sunday.

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Udinese showed great discipline in defence to contain a Sassuolo side that had scored 18 goals in six league games but it remains second from bottom with four points.

De Zerbi said that despite the missed opportunity he was content enough with a point in the end.

“In football it takes two to play so I am satisfied with the maturity shown by the team in managing the match,” he said.

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“We will find many matches like these in our path, we need to improve in the last 20 metres. We have lost games like this to Udinese, so I said to accept the possibility that it would end 0-0 so as not to lose it. I can't blame the boys,” he added.