SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 16 - 10 Dec 2017 (14.00 UK)
Udinese 2 - 0 Benevento
Barak 5 (U), Lasagna 42 (U)
Dacia Arena

Udinese’s rebirth under Massimo Oddo continues with a 2-0 victory over Benevento, as Antonin Barak and Kevin Lasagna proved decisive.

Both sides were revitalised by a change of management, as Massimo Oddo had sparked up Udinese, despite missing Valon Behrami and Emil Hallfredsson. Benevento finally got their first ever Serie A point thanks to goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli’s last-gasp header in a 2-2 draw with Milan. Danilo Cataldi and Fabio Lucioni were suspended with Pietro Iemmello and Achraf Lazaar sidelined.

While the visitors had a bright start, it was Udinese who broke the deadlock when Antonin Barak’s shot from 12 yards took a decisive deflection off Gaetano Letizia.

There was nearly a second soon after, as Ali Adnan’s free kick took a deflection off Raman Chibsah in the wall and looped up to hit the crossbar.

Albano Bizzarri was almost caught out by a Letizia strike that bounced in front of him, but then made up for it by beating away the George Puscas follow-up.

Jens Stryger-Larsen wasted a golden opportunity, as the set play landed at his feet and he ballooned over from 10 yards, but Kevin Lasagna did double their lead with a precise angled drive into the far bottom corner on Barak’s pass.

Puscas forced a decisive Bram Nuytinck block from point-blank range on a Ledian Memushaj assist and Letizia nodded the Vittorio Parigini cross over the bar.

Bizzarri parried the Memushaj strike, then the former Pescara midfielder fired over on a Marco D’Alessandro cross and D’Alessandro turned off target from a corner.

Benevento had the chance to at least get one back in stoppages when Bizzarri picked up a back-pass, but Ciciretti knocked on the indirect free kick for Samuel Armenteros to fire over from 10 yards.

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Udinese: Bizzarri: Larsen, Danilo, Nuytnick; Widmer, Jankto (Ingelsson 82), Fofana (Balic 55), Barak, Adnan; Lasagna; Maxi Lopez (De Paul 65)
Benevento: Brignoli; Letizia, Djimsiti, Costa, Antei (Ciciretti 74); Chibsah (Gyamfi 71), Del Pinto, Memushaj; Parigini (Armenteros 55), Puscas, D’Alessandro
Ref: Aureliano