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Juventus were unable to break down Bologna's resistance on Friday night, failing to extend their lead at the top of Serie A after only managing a 0-0 draw.

The Bianconeri were chasing their 16th consecutive victory but found themselves evenly matched by the hosts as Massimiliano Allegri's decision to rest Paulo Dybala from the starting XI proved costly.

Early chances fell the way of Roberto Donadoni's men, in fact, with Juventus' best chances arriving in the second half via Paul Pogba.

However, the No.10 proved wasteful on three occasions after the break and the chance for the champions to extend their lead at the summit to four points ultimately went begging.

Patrice Evra came close for Juve early on when he beat his marker to the ball after Claudio Marchisio's corner from the left, but the Frenchman's header went just wide.

Bologna looked dangerous on the break and Destro nearly surprised Gianluigi Buffon with a powerful shot from outside the area that the experienced goalkeeper did just enough to keep out, with Godfred Donsah guilty of wildly blasting the rebound wide.

Evra got another opportunity when Pogba headed a corner into his path at the half-hour mark, but the former Manchester United defender failed to get his shot on target from close range.

Referee Massimiliano Irrati awarded Bologna a free-kick in a dangerous position shortly after the break that Emanuele Giaccherini aimed too high.

Pogba could have broken the deadlock for Juventus in the 54th minute after some great work from Stephan Lichtsteiner down the right, but he volleyed inches wide after the Switzerland international's good cross.

Destro tried his luck with a free-kick from 20 yards out with 15 minutes left on the clock, yet the former Roma man's attempt went harmlessly over.

Marchisio found Pogba with a sublime pass late on as Juventus went in search of a late winner, only for the Frenchman to fire wide from a difficult angle.

The duo again combined in the 89th minute, but Pogba was frustrated by a fine save from Antonio Mirante this time around as it ended 0-0.

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