September 26, 2012
Torino 0-0 Udinese
Torino and Udinese played out a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico tonight, with the Bianconeri refused a winner in stoppage time.
In a game played at a slow tempo, the Granata created the best chances on goal, but were unable to find a way past a Udinese side rotated heavily by head coach Francesco Guidolin.
In the end, though, the visitors felt they had won it when Mehdi Benatia's header was stopped right on the goal-line by Jean-Francois Gillet, who had his work cut out keeping the ball out as he slid over the line.
Neither side seemed to want to attack in the opening 30 minutes as they sized each other up in midfield.
The first break went Torino's way and Midjen Basha rattled the woodwork when his dipping volley struck the crossbar.
Udinese, who started without the likes of Antonio Di Natale and Diego Fabbrini, who were both rested by Guidolin, started to attack a little more in the second half, but Allan's shot from the edge of the penalty area did not test Gillet too much.
Torino went close again in the 49th minute when Gianluca Sansone's shot was pushed onto the crossbar by Brkic.
The post was next to be struck by Torino with Mario Santana's shot from the edge of the area beating Brkic, but not the left-hand upright, but there was nobody around to convert the rebound.
The ball did not want to go in for Torino, but Udinese claimed it had gone in at the other end when Benatia headed a corner into the arms of Gillet, whose legs were over the line
But the referee and the official behind the goal ruled that the Granata keeper had managed to keep the ball out.