Udinese were without talismanic striker Antonio Di Natale, but Luis Muriel filled in with a brace as they ran riot to win 3-0 in Parma.
The Friulani made this trip without the suspended Di Natale and Mehdi Benatia, while Parma had Marco Parolo on a one-match ban. Parma were unbeaten in this fixture since October 2006, managing three wins and a draw.
Udinese gave 18-year-old Piotor Zielinski his first Serie A start and it proved a smart choice, as he provided the assist. Asking for a give-and-go to burst forward, he rolled across for Luis Muriel to curl a fine right-foot finish into the far bottom corner.
Maurizio Domizzi threatened from a couple of free kicks and Gabriel Paletta was booked, meaning he’ll miss next week’s game with Inter.
Muriel was furious when he went into the book for simulation as he tried to burst between Paletta and Fabiano Santacroce, especially as it means he’ll be suspended against Lazio.
Parma were nervous in the first half and gave away a second goal with some chaotic defending. Roberto Pereyra seemed to have lost the ball, but he believed and kept going as the goalkeeper flapped it away, but only as far as Dusan Basta to roll across for Muriel’s tap-in.
Allan should’ve scored a third before the break, as he went on a mazy run only to balloon the finish wide once he had gone through the Parma defenders.
Amauri fired over within 30 seconds of the restart, but Udinese were given space to strike on the counter-attack. Muriel pulled back from the by-line for Zielinski and his shot was parried into the path of Pereyra.
Amauri was the only real danger for Parma and his diving header forced a tough save out of Zeljko Brkic.