Udinese Calcio were held to a 0-0 draw by FC Internazionale in their Italian Cup quarter-final first leg.
Udinese Calcio were held to a 0-0 draw by FC Internazionale in the first leg of their Italian Cup quarter-final last night.
With several regulars rested, including Christian Vieri and Fabio Cannavaro, the most impressive visiting player at Udinese's Friuli stadium turned out to be reserve goalkeeper Alberto Fontana, who kept his side in the contest with a string of fine saves. Udinese's Martin Jørgensen and David Pizarro both had close-range efforts blocked by Fontana in a one-sided first half.
Inter's only chance before the break arrived in the 25th minute, when Obafemi Martins blasted the ball against the side-netting. There was no rest for the visitors after the interval either, though they tightened up their defence enough to ensure they carried the deadlock into the second leg on 21 January. The top two in Serie A - AS Roma and AC Milan - meet tonight.