Jakub Jankto’s goal gave Udinese their first win of the season, but Andrea Bertolacci’s early red using VAR damaged Genoa.
The Friulani were in crisis after losing both games, while Genoa had just one point and fumbled a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 with Juventus before the break for international duty. Gianluca Lapadula got his first start in a Grifone jersey, as did Maxi Lopez for Udinese after his transfer deadline day move from Torino. With Silvan Widmer still injured, Jens Stryger Larsen got his debut.
Both sides have been on target in six of their last seven meetings, home and away. Udinese won 3-0 last season, their first victory over Genoa since another home 1-0 in September 2013, interrupting four draws and two defeats.
Udinese took the lead when Nuytink’s effort from a set play hit the upright and Jakub Jankto was alert to turn in the rebound.
Maxi Lopez flicked on a Barak cross and Kevin Lasagna came sliding in, just unable to get the final touch.
Lapadula limped off with a potentially serious left knee injury, but Genoa were reduced to 10 men with the use of VAR, confirming Andrea Bertolacci’s high foot studs-up tackle on Lasagna. The referee had originally not even given a foul.
Mattia Perin beat away a Rodrigo De Paul free kick and this time Jankto couldn’t steer the rebound on target.
After the restart, 10-man Genoa didn’t give in and Simone Scuffet required a save on Adel Taarabt, but Perin beat away a Jankto angled drive at the near post.
Maxi Lopez had penalty appeals waved away for a coming together with Luca Rossettini and Perin was again alert on Barak.
Valon Behrami was perhaps fortunate not to receive a second yellow card for his crunching tackle that forced Biraschi off the field.
Udinese also went down to 10 men, as Giuseppe Pezzella went straight through the back of Omeonga for a straight red. The substitute had only been on the field for five minutes.
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Sent off: Bertolacci 37 (G), Pezzella 78 (U)