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Sunday July 31 2011
Udinese and Genoa defeated

Udinese's preparations for the Champions League preliminary round took a knock with their defeat to Nice, while Genoa lost against Padova.

The Friulani have been notching up a series of very impressive victories this summer, but hit problems on Saturday night in France.

There was bad luck, as Nice took the lead when a Hellebuyck shot took a decisive deflection off Mehdi Benatia.

More misfortune struck after Maurizio Domizzi limped off with a left thigh injury, then Antonio Di Natale hit the woodwork from point-blank range.

Fine saves managed to deny Diego Fabbrini and Di Natale, so Udinese were defeated 1-0.

Genoa fared even worse, as they lost to Serie B side Padova last night. Former Genoa man Dejan Lazarevic was decisive in the 1-0 result, curling a magnificent shot past Cristiano Lupatelli.

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