Udinese got off the mark with a morale-boosting victory despite Antonio Cassano’s first goal in a Parma jersey.
It has been a disastrous start to the season for Francesco Guidolin, who lost the opener with Lazio and crashed out of the Europa League play-offs to Slovan Liberec. At least he could unveil the new reconstructed Stadio Friuli to the fans.
Zeljko Brkic and Maurizio Domizzi were out injured, while Parma were still without Gabriel Paletta.
Emmanuel Badu opened the scoring thanks to a defensive howler, as Mattia Cassani cleared the ball straight at his shins and he was able to waltz it into the net.
Luis Muriel skimmed the crossbar after skipping past the shell-shocked Cassani, but Parma were unlucky when Amauri’s header bounced off the ground and on to the crossbar.
Antonio Di Natale flashed a dangerous effort across the face of goal, then another of the veteran captain’s shots cracked against the base of the upright with the aid of an Antonio Mirante fingertip.
Roberto Donadoni saw problems and introduced two defenders at half-time, Aleandro Rosi and Pedro Mendes.
Thomas Heurtaux doubled Udinese’s lead from a set-piece, as the free kick found the defender to fire in from six yards, the ricochet off the goalkeeper unable to prevent it going over the line.
Heurtaux threatened to complete his brace with another header, but this time Mirante was able to keep it out.
Antonio Cassano got his first goal in a Parma jersey when the Udinese defence forgot about him, allowed a free header at the back post.
The referee awarded a very strange penalty in the final minute, as Pedro Mendes clearly got the ball when tackling Andrea Lazzari. Nonetheless, Luis Muriel buried the spot-kick under the bar.