Udinese made it five wins on the bounce, as they fought back to beat Bologna at the Stadio Dall’Ara after a spectacular own goal.
The Friulani were seemingly unstoppable since Massimo Oddo replaced Gigi Del Neri, amassing four consecutive Serie A victories with 12 goals scored and one conceded. That included a 3-1 win away to Inter and 4-0 demolition job on Hellas Verona. The Rossoblu were unpredictable of late, managing one point from three rounds and then squeezing past Chievo 3-2 last week. Andrea Poli sat out another ban in midfield.
Udinese had won three of their previous five trips to the Dall’Ara, drawing in 2012 and losing last term.
Federico Di Francesco returned from injury and in the opening minute Jakub Jankto bravely charged down a Simone Verdi cross-shot with his face.
The deadlock was broken in bizarre fashion, as Verdi’s cross for Mattia Destro didn’t seem particularly dangerous until Danilo accidentally flicked it over his goalkeeper and into the far top corner.
Udinese got themselves back on level terms, as Silvan Widmer was left completely unmarked for a free header in off the back post from Ali Adnan’s cross.
Kevin Lasagna thumped the crossbar straight after the restart, but the offside flag had already been raised. No such problems moments later, as he ran on to the through ball from substitute Rodrigo De Paul and scored with a precise left-foot finish.
There was almost a third Udinese goal, but Antonio Mirante scrambled back to deflect Antonin Barak’s attempt and Adam Masina took the rebound away from De Paul.
Samir just got there in time to stop Destro tapping in after Masina nutmegged Widmer, then Bologna went very close to an equaliser on 77 minutes as Albano Bizzarri punched away Destro’s effort from the Erick Pulgar floated free kick.