Udinese’s pre-season tour continued with a 2-0 defeat at Sunderland, conceding two goals in as many minutes.
The Friulani visited Heritage Park and Luis Muriel tested Costel Pantilimon a couple of times in the first half with Silvan Widmer turning off target and the goalkeeper fingertipping an Allan screamer out from under the bar.
After the restart Zeljko Brkic was made to work, palming a fierce Wickham free kick round the post.
Sunderland caught Udinese by surprise with two goals in as many minutes. First Vergini got on the end of a Gomez corner, then the same player was brought down for a penalty which Wickham converted.
Brkic rushed off his line to charge down Agnew’s effort, while Bruno and Muriel threatened at the other end.
Sunderland 2-0 Udinese
Scorers: Vergini 56 (S), Wickham pen 57 (S)
Sunderland: Pantilimon (Mannone 46); Vergini (Roberge 60), Brown, O'Shea, van Aanholt (Robson 39); Cattermole (Bridcutt 85), Rodwell (Agnew 46), Gomez (Ndiaye 70), Mavrias (Watmore 74), Wickham (Altidore 60), Fletcher (Graham 70)
Udinese: Brkic; Heurtaux, Danilo, Bubnjic (Belmonte 74); Widmer, Allan, Guilherme, Badu (Bruno Fernandes 74), Gabriel Silva (Pasquale 74); Muriel, Thereau (Nico Lopez 67)
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