SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 18 - 23 Dec 2017 (14.00 UK)
Udinese 4 - 0 Verona
Barak 28, 68 (U), Widmer 44 (U), Lasagna 80 (U)
Dacia Arena

Massimo Oddo’s revitalisation of Udinese continues apace with a 4-0 hammering of Hellas Verona, including Antonin Barak’s brace.

This was something of a Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Derby, but above all two teams fresh from shock victories over San Siro sides. Udinese continued their amazing surge under Coach Oddo by inflicting the first defeat of the season on Inter, while Hellas crushed Milan 3-0. Gabriele Angella and Samir missed out for the hosts, while Mohamed Fares and Alessio Cerci didn’t make the trip.

Maxi Lopez should’ve opened the scoring, but hesitated when sent clear by a give-and-go, allowing Samuel Souprayen to make a last-ditch tackle.

Udinese did take the lead with midfield dynamo Antonin Barak, who found the net for the third game in a row. He gathered with his back to goal from 10 yards, turning Bruno Zuculini with fine technique for a finish deflected in at the near post.

Hellas goalkeeper Nicolas did all he could to parry first a Barak scorcher, then the Kevin Lasagna follow-up, but was helpless on the third attempt from Silvan Widmer.

Lasagna’s scorcher skimmed the woodwork and he eventually did get his goal late on, completing a give-and-go with Jakub Jankto to then blast in off the underside of the bar from a tight angle.

Jens Stryger-Larsen tried to get in on the act too, but his strike was denied by the crossbar.

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Udinese: Bizzarri; Larsen, Danilo, Nuytinck; Widmer, Barak, Behrami (Hallfredsson 67), Jankto (Balic 82), Ali Adnan; Maxi Lopez, Lasagna (De Paul 81)
Verona: Nicolas; Ferrari (Lee 56), Heurtaux, Caracciolo, Souprayen; Romulo, Fossati, B Zuculini, Bessa; Verde (Tupta 73), Kean (Pazzini 46)
Ref: Maresca