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Juventus draws 0-0 at Udinese and misses chance to go 9 points clear, Napoli beats Chievo 2-1

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MILAN — Juventus was held to a 0-0 draw at Udinese and missed the opportunity to open up a nine-point advantage at the top of Serie A, while Napoli closed the gap on second-placed Roma by beating Chievo Verona 2-1.

Juventus came into the game knowing it could extend its lead following Roma's 1-1 draw against Empoli on Saturday, but struggled and it was Udinese that created the better chances.

PHOTO: Chievo's forward Sergio Pellissier, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match against Napoli at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')
Chievo's forward Sergio Pellissier, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match against Napoli at Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

Massimiliano Allegri's men came closest when Roberto Pereyra, who is on loan from Udinese, hit the crossbar.

Juventus was seven points ahead of Roma, with Napoli four points further back.

Lazio and Sampdoria saw their bid for the final Champions League berth halted. The capital side lost 2-1 at relegation-threatened Cesena, while Samp was thrashed 5-1 at Torino.

Earlier, Inter Milan lost 3-1 at Sassuolo.

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