Udinese earned a surprise victory away to Sassuolo through Antonin Barak’s strike, as Cristian Bucchi’s position is now at serious risk.
Both these sides were under pressure with their Coaches on the brink after dismal results so far this season. The Neroverdi missed Alfred Duncan, Edoardo Goldaniga, Claud Adjapong, Cristian Dell’Orco and Timo Letschert. Gigi Del Neri’s Friulani had to do without Gabriele Angella, Silvan Widmer and Bram Nuytinck after a 6-2 home defeat to Juventus, where they played against 10 men for over an hour.
The deadlock was broken by a moment of magic. Kevin Lasagna went on the counter, Stipe Perica flicked it on with his heel and Barak controlled with the sole of his boot on the edge of the D to curl in with his left foot.
Domenico Berardi’s volley was well held and Diego Falcinelli’s header was too central to trouble Albano Bizzarri on a Stefano Sensi cross.
Matteo Politano slipped at the crucial moment when meeting Berardi’s assist and Simone Missiroli was unlucky to see his turn and strike skim the crossbar with Bizzarri beaten.
Samir risked an own goal as he tried to deflect a Politano cross-shot and Maxi Lopez also went very close to adding another for Udinese.