Friday August 2 2019
Friendly: Udinese beat Besiktas

Udinese earned a prestigious pre-season friendly 2-0 victory over Turkish giants Besiktas and hit the woodwork twice too.

Juan Musso was behind a Muhayer Oktay strike and Kevin Lasagna didn’t make the most of a Loris Karius error.

Gary Medel went off injured for Besiktas just 30 minutes in, but former Liverpool goalkeeper Karius remained the busier of the two shot-stoppers, parrying a Rolando Mandragora free kick and Lasagna header.

Udinese kept getting closer as the half wore on, as Ignacio Pussetto skimmed the upright and Mato Jajalo thumped it from a free kick.

The Friulani broke through straight after the restart, when Lasagna smashed his right-foot finish into the net after sensational Mato Jajalo work to burst forward from midfield.

Moments later, it was 2-0, with Lasagna this time setting up Pussetto to surprise the on-rushing Karius.

Sebastien De Maio almost had it at 3-0 in the final stages, his header from a Mandragora cross whistling just wide, then Andrija Balic rattled the woodwork yet again at the end of a solo effort.

Udinese 2-0 Besiktas

Lasagna 46 (U), Pussetto 52 (U)

Udinese: Musso; Becao, De Maio, Samir; Opoku, Mandragora, Jajalo, Pezzella; Pussetto, Fofana; Lasagna

Besiktas: Karius; Gonul, Vida, Isimat Mirin, Erkin; Medel, Ozyakup; Boyd, Oktay, Yilmaz; Quaresma

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