Serie A round-up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus maintain their lead at the top of Serie A after a goalless draw with Milan.Juventus maintain their four-point lead at the top of Serie A after securing a goalless draw with second place Milan.
Saturday's match at Stadio Delle Alpi was an eagerly anticipated contest in Italy, but the result proved a bit of an anti-climax, with Milan failing to break their hosts down with their superior possession on the night.
The Rossoneri showed their intention in trying to win the match, with European Player of the Year Andrei Shevchenko unlucky to hit the post with a low right-footed drive from the edge of the box.
The Ukraine international (pictured) showed his attacking qualities when he forced Lilian Thuram into a fine intervention of his dangerous cross from the right, with Hernan Crespo ready to pounce on the opportunity.
Milan were causing plenty of trouble to Juve's back-line on the break, but their finishing left something to be desired, with Kaka shooting woefully wide in a fine goalscoring position.
Gianluigi Buffon had to be alert in stopping decent first half efforts from Crespo and Cafu, as both sides went to the break at 0-0.
The second half was a far less entertaining affair, with Fabio Capello's men content on keeping Milan out with a solid defensive set-up.
Fabio Cannavaro had Juve's only real chance with a shot over the bar after the break.
Poor free kick efforts from Shevchenko and Andrea Pirlo summed up the woefulness of the second period, though the visitors could have snatched it in the dying stages.
Shevchenko's pass on the edge of Juve's box freed the onrushing Pirlo from the left, but his low strike went agonisingly wide of the far post.
In the end, both sides had to settle for a draw, as Juve go into the Christmas break at the summit of Italy's top flight.
Earlier on Saturday, Messina's match with bottom club Atalanta had to be abandoned after farcical weather conditions on the island of Sicily.
Heavy rain and gusting wind made conditions very unpleasant for the 5pm GMT kick-off at Stadio Giovanni Celeste.
Despite the pitch being heavily waterlogged, both sides tried to play through the conditions and it was Messina that took the lead on 10 minutes - thanks to a dubious penalty decision.
Arturo Di Napoli converted the spot kick to give the Sicilians the lead, but Mother Nature would soon have a bearing on the contest.
The wind and the rain became heavier, forcing referee Emidio Morganti to halt proceedings and directing both sets of players to their respective dressing rooms.
Morganti then returned with both goalkeepers and captains to see if the pitch was playable and it was decided then that the match had to be abandoned and played at a later date.
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