SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 11 - 29 Oct 2017 (14.00 UK)
Udinese 2 - 1 Atalanta
Kurtic 29 (A), De Paul pen 45 (U), Barak 68 (U)
Dacia Arena

It was a game of penalties, as Udinese converted theirs, Bryan Cristante saw the potential late Atalanta equaliser parried.

The Friulani were still under pressure, albeit managed to save Gigi Del Neri’s job for a little longer after beating Sassuolo midweek.  Samir sat out a ban with Jakub Jankto injured, so Ingelsson got a rare start. Atalanta missed Andreas Cornelius, Hans Hateboer and lost Papu Gomez in the warm-up, so Josip Ilicic stepped in.

Del Neri kept his job, but lost his glasses after a bizarre incident in the opening nine minutes. Ali Adnan’s wayward pass accidentally struck the Coach in the fact and sent his eyewear flying, so the Iraqi left-back tried to fix them as best he could with many apologies.

Etrit Berisha got down to beat away a fierce Danilo snapshot from distance, but Atalanta took the lead on the half-hour mark.

Rafael Toloi rolled a precise assist for Jasmin Kurtic to nutmeg the goalkeeper with a low finish.

Ali Adnan’s scorcher from distance flashed inches over the bar, but Rodrigo De Paul missed an absolute sitter, firing straight at Berisha one-on-one.

On the stroke of half-time, Leonardo Spinazzola charged down a De Paul cross with his arm in a fairly harsh penalty, which De Paul converted to equalise.

Udinese turned it around completely through Antonin Barak’s second consecutive goal, as he cut inside past Andrea Masiello and curled in the left-foot finish.

Atalanta thought they had a point when Maxi Lopez foolishly dragged down Cristante on a set play, but 39-year-old goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri proved the hero with a save on Cristante’s penalty.

The drama still wasn’t over, as moments later Luca Vido knocked on a Riccardo Orsolini corner for Mattia Caldara to turn in, but the defender was offside.

Danilo then had to throw himself in the path of a Vido strike from Orsolini’s cross.


Udinese: Bizzarri; Larsen, Danilo, Nuytinck, Adnan; De Paul, Behrami (Widmer 79), Ingelsson, Fofana (Matos 57); Maxi Lopez, Barak
Atalanta: Berisha; Toloi, Caldara, Masiello; Castagne, De Roon (Freuler 46), Cristante, Spinazzola; Kurtic; Petagna (Vido 71), Ilicic (Orsolini 74)
Ref: Rocchi

Saved penalty: Cristante 85 (A)