Udinese upset by winning goal
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Udinese boss Serse Cosmi feels that Juventus' goal should have been disallowed.Juventus have brushed off claims from Udinese coach Serse Cosmi that Alessandro Del Piero's winning goal should have been disallowed.
The fiery clash was settled by Del Piero's controversial strike after 70 minutes, but Cosmi believes that the Italian was a long way offside.
With Udinese star Sulley Muntari also being shown a red card, Cosmi was left to rue two key decisions that went against his side and contributed to the outcome of the game.
"I think Juve's goal was offside. Maybe the referee's assistant was not in a good position to see," said Cosmi.
"Juve were not that impressive. I congratulate my team for the way they fought, but the game changed a lot after Muntari was sent off."
Del Piero also paid tribute to a battling effort from Udinese, but insisted that Juventus fully deserved the three points.
"It was a really important goal after such a difficult game. Despite our numerical advantage Udinese showed what a strong side they were," he remarked
"However, we created several chances in the second half and I think the end result was a fair one.
"As to whether I was offside, I don't know where I was when (Gianluca) Zambrotta passed to me."
Juventus boss Fabio Capello also deflected attention away from the winning goal, preferring to concentrate on Del Piero's overall performance.
"We were playing against ten men so it seemed the right time to bring on Alessandro, and he repaid my faith in him," he enthused.
"I don't want to comment on the referee's decisions."