Goals from Danilo and Antonio Di Natale were enough to give Udinese a 2-0 win at Sampdoria.
The Bluerchiati were looking for their third win in a row, whilst Francesco Guidloin's side were hoping for the three points that would take them into the top half.
It was the home side though, who started the brighter of the two with Mauro Icardi and Roberto Soriano going close early on.
They were made to rue those missed chances however on 17 minutes. A corner from the right-hand side was hung up to Danilo at the far-post, and the Brazilian defender was there to head home with ease.
Ciro Ferrara's side were not perturbed, and continued to dominate possession and chances created. Nevertheless, 11 minutes later they were caught napping and punished by the Zebrette. Some good work from Emmanuel Badu saw Di Natale through on goal, and the veteran striker was there to pass the ball into the net for a half-time lead.
After the break, the Marassi side maintained their monopoly of the ball and were given a lifeline on the hour mark when Icardi was brought down by Allan inside the area.
Nicola Pozzi stepped up to take the spot-kick, but hit a poor penalty and watched as his effort was saved by Zleijko Brkic.
Icardi and Pozzi peppered the away side’s goal with speculative efforts, but it wasn’t enough for Samp as they went down to a fourth home loss of the season.
Saved penalty: Pozzi 63 (S)