Luis Muriel made the most of a defensive howler and Siena’s appalling finishing did the rest in Udinese’s 1-0 victory.
The Friulani were eager to get back on track after a 4-0 defeat in Turin, but missed Diego Fabbrini, Zeljko Brkic, Mehdi Benatia, Emmanuel Badu and Pawlowski. Siena ended their winless streak last week, but then lost €8m after sponsors Banca Montepaschi di Siena were forced to request a Government loan. January signing Nicola Pozzi was not ready to play yet, but Erjon Bogdani and Francesco Della Rocca were.
Siena should’ve gone in front on 26 minutes, but Alessandro Rosina fired straight at the goalkeeper when completely unmarked from 10 yards, then hit the rebound at him too.
Siena shot themselves in the foot, as Della Rocca gave the ball away horribly in midfield to spark a counter-attack, which Luis Muriel finished off in relaxed fashion.
Rosina wasted another golden opportunity, as he couldn’t get control of a great Reginaldo cross to the back post at the dawn of the second half.
Udinese curled a corner kick directly on to the crossbar, but play was stopped anyway for a Maurizio Domizzi push on the goalkeeper.
Andrea Lazzari should’ve finished it off in stoppages, but Gianluca Pegolo palmed it round the base of the near post.